German student takes part in anti-CAA protest in Chennai, told to leave India

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CHENNAI | Dec 24:

A German student on an exchange programme at IIT-Madras was asked to leave India on Monday by the Bureau of Immigration officials for "allegedly" taking part in a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act in Chennai, The Hindu reported.

IIT sources informed that no written communication was given by BoI officials; Lindenthal was orally informed that he had violated his visa regulations.

According to The Hindu, Jakob Lindenthal, a German student, was summoned to the BoI office on Monday morning through the office of the Dean of International and Alumni Relations (IAR) in the IIT. He was questioned till afternoon on a range of topics, including his views on Indian politics and what he thought of the anti-CAA protests, the sources confirmed.

After the enquiry, he was informed that he had to leave the country immediately, and he would have to reapply if he wanted to visit again. Though the German Consulate offered him contacts of lawyers whom he could reach out for help, he felt unsafe and decided to leave, sources in the IIT said.

Lindenthal, a student of the Technical University of Dresden, was in India since July and was part of the Department of Physics in the IIT. His exchange programme was to end by May 2020.

Students from the IIT said he took part in the anti-CAA protest on the campus and at Valluvar Kottam, carrying a placard that said "1933-1945. We have been there," denoting the beginning and end of Hitler's regime in Germany.