German student who participated in protests against ‘Anti-Muslim’ Citizenship law ‘deported’

German exchange student studying at IIT Madras deported back for participating in protests on campus and elsewhere in Chennai against the citizenship law and the brutal police crackdown on students in Delhi.

Jakob Lindenthal, a post-graduate student of physics at the IIT or Indian Institute of Technology, reportedly left for Amsterdam on Monday. He was quoted as telling the Indian Express that he had received oral directions to leave India from the Foreigners Regional Registration Office in Chennai.

The 24-year-old student was spotted in several protests. In one, he was seen holding a placard that read: “Uniformed Criminals = Criminals”. Another placard he held up said: “1933-1945 We have been there”. He was reportedly told by officials that his participation in the protests was a violation of his visa terms and he had to leave India immediately.

Jakob is from Dresden in Germany.

IIT Madras students call it a “shame” that such a decision was taken, given the student had a semester to complete.

Massive protests have spread across India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019. (CAA). The bill grants citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Aghanistan. Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and is against the secular fabric of the Indian constitution.