KOZHIKODE:A youth camp organised by Chinmaya Yuva Kendra for Plus I and Plus II students on Chinmaya Vidyalaya campus was allegedly disrupted by a group of KSU activists alleging the camp was ‘communal’ in nature. Based on a complaint by Chinmaya Mission Ashram at Thondayad in the city, the Medical College Police have launched a probe into the incident. According to Chinmaya Mission, a camp was held for higher secondary students under the youth empowerment and management training programme of the Chinmaya Yuva Kendra on Saturday. However, a group of youngsters entered the campus and disrupted the camp.
The Medical College Police have registered a case against KSU district president V T Nihal who, along with a few other local Congress leaders, allegedly obstructed the camp. Police officers confirmed they have launched a probe. “The state intelligence wing also conducted a probe based on the inputs,” said an officer. Chinmaya Vidyalaya assistant manager and Yuva Kendra member Deepak C said the camp was part of the youth empowerment programme organised for students across the country.
“Besides giving classes on Bhagavad Gita, we conduct discourses on Indian culture and teachings of Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati. The training programme is aimed at helping the students use spiritual insights in their daily life. We don’t know why we are targeted. Chinmaya Yuva Kendra has been conducting such camps world over,” he said.
The Kendra offers training programme only for those who are interested. Nearly 65 students attended the camp on Saturday. “Any one can come and attend the camp to see what we share with the students,” he said. KSU district president V T Nihal said he had lodged a complaint with the police against Chinmaya Mission.“We went to the school to check after we got complaints regarding the camp. They did not include students from other communities and were giving discourses on communal topics. We were forcefully evicted from the campus when we enquired about the details of the camp,” he said.