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Bangladeshi girl asked to leave India requests reconsideration

Visva-Bharati student had shared photos on Facebook of anti-CAA protests on campus

A Bangladeshi student of Visva-Bharati who has been asked to leave India for “anti-government” activities is learnt to have approached the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office in Kolkata with a request to reconsider its decision.

The student, Afsara Anika Meem, 20, had shared pictures on Facebook of the anti-CAA protests that were held on the campus last December. She is a first-year student of design at the university’s Shilpa Sadan. She had not participated in the demonstrations but merely posted pictures.

Leading Kolkata lawyers Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and Shamim Ahmed are willing to take up her case in the Calcutta High Court but that will be possible only if the student agrees to go to court. “The order is absolutely illegal and vague. It does not disclose the particulars related to her supposed anti-government activities. The Constitution permits even a foreigner to be heard before being prosecuted. Such an opportunity was not given to her,” Mr. Ahmed told The Hindu.

‘Anti-government activities’

The Leave India Notice, issued to Ms. Meem by the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office, said: “...she is found to have engaged in anti-government activities. And such activity being a breach of her visa, has thus committed visa violation. Therefore...the foreigner shall not remain in India and shall depart from India within 15 days of the receipt of the order.”

“Non-compliance will attract prosecution under Foreigners’ Act, 1946,” it added. The notice, dated February 14, is said to have been received by Ms. Meem on Wednesday.

Ms. Meem hails from Kustia in Bangladesh and had come to study in Visva-Bharati in late 2018 on S-1 visa.

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