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The city's only Hindu priest is being forced to leave the country due to a row over an English test.

Last week there were two deaths and there is now no-longer a priest to carryout the services because Mr Sharma's work permit has been cancelled.

His two children, aged eight and 13, also face the prospect of being pulled out of their schools.

The 41-year-old lives at the Hindu temple in Carlton Road and is the process of appealing against the Home Office's decision.

He has not been given a date by which he must leave the UK, but says he fears he could be forced to go at any moment.

He said: "I have a suitcase packed every day in case they come to take me away.

"I love Nottingham and the community and I just don't know how we are going to do all the ceremonies. It is very hard and sad."

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Mr Sharma and his family moved to the country in 2011 and worked as a priest in Derby before moving to Nottingham a year later.

But last July, after returning home from a visit to India, he was stopped at Birmingham Airport, where he was told he had not passed the compulsory English exam which would allow him to stay in the country.

He said: "I was humiliated and treated as a criminal while they questioned me for five hours.

"I am finding it hard to sleep and I am getting a lot of headaches.

"I feel very upset and this is not good for me, my family and the community."

"They want all of the family to leave.

"In 2012 I took the tests in writing, reading and English and I got the certificate I need."

To cover Mr Sharma's services an appeal has gone out for other priests to get in touch but if one does not come forward a non ordained priest may have to take on the responsibilities – which some families may not like.

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Temple chairman Brij Phakey said: "The Home Office are saying that he did not take the exams.

"We know for a fact that he went to London and took the test but the Home Office at first said he was not there.

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