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Sanskrit camp disrupted by CPI men

Sanskrit camp disrupted by CPI men

Author: Chennaionline News Service
Publication: Yahoo News
Date: May 19, 2002
URL: http://in.news.yahoo.com/020519/54/1oeuu.html

The CPI national council member and former Pondicherry minister, R Viswanathan, and six partymen were arrested today in connection with the alleged attack on participants of a Sanskrit coaching camp in Pondicherry Engineering College here.

According to the police, some volunteers of the All-India Youth Federation, the youth wing of the CPI, led by Viswanathan, entered the college where the 10-day free coaching course was organised by Sanskrita Bharathi last evening and allegedly attacked the participants.

The secretary of the CPI state committee, N Kalainathan, dismissed the charges and claimed that the partymen had gone to oppose the camp, allegedly spreading the message of the RSS, and said the camp was giving training in handling arms.

BJP Pondicherry unit secretary Ragu Sundararaman described the alleged attack as "barbaric" and a result of Viswanathan being defeated by the BJP in the last Assembly poll.

The BJP had written to the Lt Governor, the Chief Minister, the IG of police and the Union Minister of State for Home Vidyasager Rao on the incident.

He alleged that Viswanathan had also threatened the college principal over phone against giving space on the college premises to a Sanskrit teaching institution.

Over 100 persons from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry had enrolled for learning the language in the camp which was sponsored under a scheme of the UGC, he said.

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