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Fire protest asylum seeker dies
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Uddhav Bhandari was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary
A failed asylum seeker from Nepal who set himself on fire prior to an appeal hearing has died in hospital.

Uddhav Bhandari, 40, set himself alight in the Eagle Building, Bothwell Street, Glasgow, which is home to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

The former police officer was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he died on Sunday.

The father-of-two had been living in Edinburgh for six years and worked as a volunteer, helping to recycle bicycles.

The proceedings in Glasgow on Wednesday 7 March were to be heard on video link by three judges in London.

'Persecution and torture'

A spokeswoman for the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal said an investigation was under way and an immediate ban on liquids had been introduced in tribunal buildings.

"We are saddened to hear about the death of Uddhav Bhandari," she said.

"Our sincere condolences go to his friends and family."

Robina Qureshi, director of Positive Action in Housing, said: "Uddhav Bhandari spent six years trying to seek refuge here and bring his wife and two kids over to this country.

"Forbidden to find paid work, he worked as a volunteer.

"Last night, he died alone in hospital a few days after setting fire to himself.

"He was a victim of an asylum policy that persecutes and tortures the victims of persecution and torture."

A police spokeswoman said a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.


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