HUNDREDS of Huddersfield people have signed up to help a torture victim fight deportation.
Farkhod Kadirov was severely beaten by Uzbek police in 2001, leaving him with a hole in his cheek.
The Springwood man, who fled to England in 2003, faces deportation after losing a lengthy legal battle on June 12.
Farkhod, 27, started a petition on July 19 calling on the Home Office to reverse the decision. More than 330 people have already signed. His story featured in last Friday’s Examiner.
Farkhod said: “I’ve asked my neighbours to sign and I’ve also taken the petition into the town centre.
“One lady told me she didn’t believe that the Government would deport me, but when I tell people what has happened to me they sign straight away.”
Farkhod was arrested in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, on November 15, 2001.
He was beaten so severely that he was left with a hole about the size of a kidney bean next to his nose.
In 2003 he fled to England leaving behind his parents, two brothers and a sister.
He moved to Linthwaite in 2007 before going to Springwood.
Farkhod is studying English and maths at Huddersfield Technical College and wants to be an accountant.
He volunteers as a Russian interpreter at Kirklees Refugees and Friends Together (Kraft) on Manchester Road.
Farkhod plans to give his petition to Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.
Anyone wishing to sign can visit Kraft’s office at St Thomas’s Church.