MeraNews Network (Ahmedabad): The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan bus seems to have bypassed Chhota Udepur, where around 300 schoolchildren participating in the Khel Mahakumbh sports event were forced to defecate in the open on Saturday in the absence of toilets.

The children also had to sleep on school benches as no proper arrangements were in place at the venue of the state-level event.

A video showing the children, who had come from across the state for an archery competition, has gone viral on social media.

According to people familiar with the matter, the state had provided full funding for the event, raising the question of how the money was spent.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is campaign by the Union government that aims to keep streets, roads and infrastructure across the country clean, and also to eliminate open defecation through the construction of toilets.