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Now, Army Chief calls 'suspicious army troops movement' report "Absolutely Stupid"

Kathmandu/New Delhi, Thu, 05 Apr 2012 NI Wire

After breaking his silence over the story of 'The Indian Express' on the suspicious movement of two key Army units towards Delhi in January 2012, which published on Wednesday, Army Chief General V K Singh today in Kathmandu, Nepal called it "absolutely stupid".

Commenting on the published report, which attracted widespread reaction, Army Chief said that the report of 'The Indian Express' was "totally baseless."

The Army Chief is at present in Kathmandu in order to attend a three-day seminar on Natural Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. He will return to New Delhi on Friday.

In his laconic statement, General Singh said, "people were unnecessarily trying to throw muck at the government and the army and they need to be taken to task."

Earlier, government too has already refused this report and cited it baseless.

On the other hand, 'The Indian Express' reportedly claimed that that story was jointly written by newspapaer's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta after conducting six-weeks investigations.

On Wednesday, 'The Indian Express' has published a story "The January night Raisina Hills was spooked: Two key Army units moved towards Delhi without notifying government", claiming that central intelligence agencies reported that on January 16, 2012, two key military units marched towards Delhi without notifying the government which "spooked" the central government. This movement was held when General V K Singh was indulged in argument with the central government over his 'age row' case.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A K Antony too have already refuted this story.

"The Army Chief's office is an exalted office and nothing should be done to lower its dignity," said PM on Wednesday.

While Antony too has showed his confidence in Indian Army. "We are confident about the patriotism of the Armed forces. Indian armed forces will do nothing to undermine democracy."

--With Agencies Input--

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