German student forced to leave India for protesting against Citizen Amendment Act
Jacob Lindenthal was carrying a poster that said, “1933 to 1945; We Have Been There,” while protesting against the Act.
Lindenthal was supposed to leave India in May 2020 but was forced to leave India on Monday by immigration officials.
The immigration officials told him that ‘his actions were beyond the permitted activities as per the visa policy’.
The new citizenship law has ignited protests all over India.
A student from Germany, who was studying at the Institute of Technology Madras as part of a one-year exchange program, was asked to leave India immediately. He was protesting against the new citizenship law, which has ignited protests all across India.
Jacob Lindenthal was carrying a poster that said, “1933 to 1945; We Have Been There,” while protesting against the Citizen Act last week in Chennai.
Lindenthal was supposed to leave India in May 2020. He has one remaining semester of his post-graduation in Physics but immigration forced him to leave India on Monday.
“There were apparently administration issues with my visa. After ruling these out, I was extensively questioned by the immigration officer about my political opinions. Then I was informed about the decision (asking him to leave),” Lindenthal says.
‘Actions Beyond Permitted Activities’
The immigration officials told him that his ‘actions were beyond the permitted activities as per the visa policy’.
“They also said that there was an issue with his residence permit, but he was not questioned about this. His visa was valid for a year from June 2019 to June 2020,” Lindenthal‘s friend added while speaking to local news sources.
Speaking to Indian media shortly before his departure, Lindenthal said he was given “verbal directions” to leave the country from FRRO in Chennai. He also expressed his concerns over the rise of intolerance and extremism in India.
Before he left Lindenthal said, ”In Germany, nobody is ever expelled for participating in a lawful protest,”
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