Army chief hinted about troop movement in March interview

Singh had said there are people,in uniform and otherwise,who have their 'own axe to grind'.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:April 5, 2012 9:51 pm

Was Army Chief General V K Singh aware that the ‘unusual’ movement of two elite Army units towards the Capital would be reported?

In an interview to ‘Week’ in March,General Singh had said: ”Even,let us say one of our forces or divisions or brigades does exercise,somebody will say,oh! they did exercise. It was not an exercise,they wanted to do something else. Now,you will make a story out of it? There are lots of people who want to make stories these days for various nefarious aims,if I can put it like that,” he had told ‘The Week’ magazine during the interview on March 13.

He also said,”If somebody has got any doubt,they should come and face us.

They won’t because they know they are wrong”.

In the interview,he also said the Army was doing a professional job,but there were people both in uniform and not in uniform and some civil servants,who had their own axe to grind. They start feeding all kinds of wrong things,he said.

“So,you tell him (journalist) something juicy,it comes on front page and nobody even looks whether there is any truth in it. It is already done. So,you have already thrown muck on somebody. There are lots of people who are doing that and I don’t know what their motives are,” Gen Singh had said.

The Army Chief’s comments last month assume significance against the backdrop of ‘The Indian Express’ report yesterday that there was ‘unusual’ movement of a Mechanised Infantry unit from Hisar in Haryana and a sizeable section of 50 Para Brigade from Agra on the night of January 16-17 towards the Capital.

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