German Student At IIT-M Told To Exit India For Protesting Against CAA

A German student in the Master’s course in the Department of Physics at IIT Madras has alleged that he has been asked to exit the city as soon a possible; days after he attended protests against CAA.

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Jakob Lindenthal in a conversation with The Indian Express said that he had received “oral directions” from Foreigners Regional Registration Office in (FRRO) to leave India.

Notably, Jakob, who is pursuing his post-graduation from the institution, was told that he had violated student visa rules by participating in the protests.

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To recall, during a protest in Chennai Jakob had been seen protesting against CAA and NRC and carrying a poster that said: “1933 to 1945; We Have Been There” (a reference to the Nazi regime in Germany).

He recalled that he was called in by FRRO citing issues with my visa after which officials questioned him about his political interests.

“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),” Jakob said.

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As soon as the news went viral, netizens called in to criticise the officials.

An FRRO official later clarified that if Jakob had participated in any such protests, it’s a clear violation of student visa rules.

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