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Prominent Indian in Thailand faces expulsion over joining of anti-govt protests

Published on Mar 6, 2014 4:17 PM
 
Indian businessman Satish Sehgal with a ''We Love the King'' strap he gives out to people at rallies on the streets. Mr Sehgal is fighting efforts to force him out the country for joining anti-government protests and appealed on Thursday, March 6, 2014, to King Bhumibol Adulyadej for help in finding justice. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A prominent member of Thailand's Indian community is fighting efforts to force him out the country for joining anti-government protests and appealed on Thursday to King Bhumibol Adulyadej for help in finding justice.

Publishing company owner Satish Sehgal was born in what is now Pakistan in 1943 and came to Thailand as a five-year-old boy. Thailand has been his home ever since but he has never taken citizenship.

"I am not going anywhere, this is my home," Mr Sehgal told Reuters in an interview in an upmarket Bangkok hotel coffee shop. "India is my country of birth but this is my home."

He is an ardent royalist, and says it was his appreciation for what the King has done for the Thai people, and for Thailand's minorities, that drew him into the protests aimed at ousting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

 
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