A 24-year-old German student, Jakob Lindenthal has been expelled by the Indian government over joining protests against a new law, which grants citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, Sikhs, and Christians but not Muslims.
Lindenthal, who is a German student of IIT Madras, can be seen in photos holding a placard saying “1933 to 1945 — we have been there.”
As per Indian government officials, Lindenthal was deported from the country because he had violated student visa conditions.
German student told the media that he received a notification by the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) to leave the country. He told a media person:
“I felt the gratefulness of many people in the protest for the solidarity from a foreigner. So, I wanted to give them at least my moral support again after having attended the protest march on the campus of IIT Madras.”
He also told that “We discussed the demonstration culture. There were three officers including one who asked me all the questions. All of them were unnamed. Towards the end of the conversation, they said I may have to leave the country immediately for violating my student visa rules.”
On the other side, a Muslim mass communication student at Pondicherry University has claimed that she was stopped by police officers from attending her convocation ceremony.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, who was invited to attend the convocation ceremony expressed the incident as “unpleasant and worrisome”.