Another of our Ghurka brothers denied entry

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Speedkuff, Jun 21, 2007.

Welcome to the Army Rumour Service, ARRSE

The UK's largest and busiest UNofficial military website.

The heart of the site is the forum area, including:

  1. Dunno if this one's already been posted due to the chinese spam thing but if not, here's the latest outrage...

    "BANNED FROM BRITAIN....THE GURKHA BLOWN UP FIGHTING FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY IN THE FALKLANDS

    By GRAHAM BROUGH
    A DECORATED Falkiands
    hero who suffered horrific injuries at Bluff Cove has been banned from Britain.

    Foreign Office officials fear Gurkha Cpl Gyenendra Rai, 51, will try to stay here if he Is granted a visitor's visa for NHS treatment.
    The ex-machine gunner is In constant pain after his back was ripped open by a shell.

    He wants to come to Britain because he cannot afford the nec essary medication at home in Nepal.

    Despite 14 years' service in the armed forces, officials have told Cpl Ral he has insufficient links to theUK togetavisa, preventing him joining events to mark the 25th an niversary of victory in the Falklands.

    The father of five, who needed a skin and muscle graft from another soldier to plug his gaping wound, was awarded the South Atlantic Medal after being injured on June 11, 1982.

    His group came under attack by the Argentinlans fol lowing a three-day march to Bluff Cove in tempera tures plunging to as low as -14C.
    Cpl Ral said: "We were securing our trenches when I heard a whizzing, whistling noise in the sky above me. An artillery round exploded about five metres from me and my men.

    "I found it hard to breathe. I went deaf and was in and out of consciousness.

    "I remember smelling smoke and burning flesh and noticed my uniform was torn, smouldering and singed. I used my hand to smother the smouldering cloth.

    I noticed the left side of my back had been torn out by shrap nel from the artillery. I tried to crawl but I just could not move and was smothered in my blood.

    "I was absolutely convinced I would die. I was In severe pain. It it was like someone had driven a four-pound sledge hammer through the side of my back." Mr Rai joined the Gurkha Brigade of the British Army in 1973 and served until 1987 reaching the rank of corporal. His conduct is described as "exemplary".

    Cpl Ral's lawyer Martin Howe said: "It's outrageous that during the 25th anniversary of the Falkiands War, a Gurkha hero seri ously wounded In active combat finds his application to come to the UK refused by pen- pushing British civil servants."

    So far the Mirror has won the right for Second World War VC Gurkha hero Tul Bahadur Pun, 84, to come here after he was banned from the UK.

    Thousands of Gurkhas have suffered fighting our wars - only to be denied entry to the country whose uniform they proudly wore.
    The scandal has resulted in nearly 25,000 people responding to our campaign backing them.

    The Foreign Office said: "We can't comment on individual visa applications."
     
  2. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

  3. Ive signed the petition, these guys have given for this country, unlike the slobs, ASBO collectors, and the illegals that swamp this country have not given anything just taken...we have become the milking cow of europe for those who want to take take take.... The Gurkha loyalty and duty have never been questioned, now some bloody civil servant(never served his country) reading of a script (that some other never served civil servant wrote) that says he doesnt tick the right boxes....how about .. HES SERVED THIS FOOKING COUNTRY BOX???? Hes ticked that one......

    Come on Dr Reid, switch on.....listen to the people...