Ever since the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed by the government, students – from universities all across the country – have protested against the act.
Days after he was seen protesting, Lindenthal revealed was asked to leave the country immediately.
According to Business Standard, Jakob Lindenthal was scheduled to leave India only in May, 2020.
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).
ChintaBAR extends solidarity and gratitude to Jakob Lindenthal, for being part of struggles to protect the rights of people in this country and his concern for humanity. pic.twitter.com/4jgZLyVs7C— ChintaBAR (@ChintaBAR) December 23, 2019
Apparently, an IIT official had sent a report to the higher authorities about Lindenthal’s participation in the protest.
As soon as the news became viral, netizens came forward to support Jakob and the students of IIT-M.
Do you know his twitter or any other social account? I want to thank him and apologize him on behalf of my country.— khamar_rko (@khamar_rko) December 23, 2019
@DrSJaishankar Please stop this.— 🦁 (@desi_beardo) December 24, 2019
Surely, India is above these petty revenge or punishments against a student.
What will happen if US starts deporting the NRIs for supporting Trump or Indians lobbying there ?
He is a hero in my book.— Sameer Singh (@SinghingSam) December 24, 2019
Jakob don’t blame Indians. We Indians are as hospitable as we ever were. It’s just the fascist government some of my fellow Indians chose for the sheer hate of Muslims. I know you can draw parallelism. Trust me it’s no coincidence. We need your support India or Germany— Tauseef Khan (@tausefkhan) December 24, 2019
This German student of IIT-Madras has been forced to leave India because he joined an anti CAA protest carrying a poster.— Ishtiaq Khan (@ishtiaq787) December 24, 2019
One always has to pay the price standing 4 principal & Injustice.
Sorry, 4 the consequence u face brother, But thanks 4 listening to own conscious.
December 24, 2019
Lindenthal confirmed he’s not going to back out but will instead consult his lawyer and decide the next course of action.