Spooky troop movements
Army chief General V K Singh dismissed as “absolutely stupid’’ a newspaper report that said the “unusual’’ movement of a mechanized infantry unit and elements of a Para Brigade towards Delhi in mid-January had “spooked’’ the government. Gen Singh said “some people were unnecessarily trying to throw muck’’ at both the government and the Army. “Such people should be taken to task,’’ he said during his ongoing visit to Kathmandu. The report had said the government got unnerved over the movement of troops as it interpreted them as a show of solidarity for their chief, who at that time was engaged in the age battle. In a dramatic twist, extracts of his interview to a weekly three weeks ago had established that he was apprehensive of an effort to portray routine exercise by army units as unusually sinister.