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Gurkha's family to remain in UK

Uma Dura and her two daughters
Mrs Dura has now been told she can stay in UK the indefinitely

The family of a Kent-based Gurkha soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last year has won their fight against the threat of deportation.

Colour Sgt Krishnabahadur Dura, 36, died on 15 November 2008.

His widow Uma Dura had previously been told she only had the right to remain in the UK until 2012.

The Home Office has now granted Mrs Dura and the couple's two UK-born daughters indefinite leave to remain in the country.

Colour Sgt Dura, from Lamjung District, western Nepal, died when the Warrior vehicle in which he was travelling struck an explosive device in Helmand province.

'Ultimate sacrifice'

Julian Brazier, the Conservative MP for Canterbury who campaigned on the family's behalf, said: "I am delighted by the news.

Colour Sgt Dura
Colour sgt Dura was killed in Musa Qala, Helmand province
"Krishna Dura made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of this country and this was the least we could do to express our gratitude to him and his family.

"His wife has long been settled here and both his children were born in Britain and go to school in Canterbury. This is therefore their home and I am very glad that their future here is now secure."

Colour Sgt Dura's children presented Prince Charles with flowers when he visited the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, stationed at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone, in January.

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