Jacob Lindenthal, a German post-graduate student of physics at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT Madras), was asked to leave India by the immigration department after he participated in an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest, last week. The officers in Chennai stated that by participating in the protests, he had violated the visa rules.
Reportedly, he had carried a poster that referred to the Nazi rule in his own country: ‚Äú1933 to 1945 ‚Äď we have been there.‚ÄĚ He also held a poster with the slogan ‚ÄėUniformed criminals = criminals.‚Äô
Last week, a German post-graduate student of physics at the IIT Madras participated in anti-CAA protests, which landed him in trouble with the immigration department. He was asked to leave the country stating that he has violated his visa rules pic.twitter.com/tOpxrS4ESz
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The German student stated that ‚ÄúThere were administration issues with my visa. After ruling these out, I was extensively questioned by the immigration officer about my political opinions. Later they told me to leave India.‚ÄĚ
On asked about his alleged participation in the protests, the student claimed that ‚ÄúI just accompanied my friends. I didn’t raise any opinion or opposition. Since Section 144 was not imposed, I just went with friends to Chepauk and Valluvar Kottam.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúJakob was called by his co-ordinator at IIT and he was told that there was an issue with his residence permit and he had to go to the immigration department. Later, he told us that an officer spoke to him about the permit and then casually asked what his opinion was on the anti-CAA protest. When Jakob made his opposition clear, the officer told him that he disagreed. Jakob was asked to wait outside. He was called back and told to leave India immediately,‚ÄĚ informed a friend of the German student.