New Delhi: The shocking revelation made by a national daily on the unexpected, non notified movement by two military units towards national capital on January 16, the day when Army Chief General VK Singh approached Supreme Court on his date of birth issue has raised the alarm bells ringing at highest levels in Government.

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However, the Ministry of Defence has called the story baseless. “Such reports are completely baseless and we categorically deny the same,” said Defence Ministry spokesperson  Sitanshu Kaur.

On January 16, the central intelligence agencies reported an unexpected (non-notified) movement by a key military unit from the mechanized infantry based in Hisar (Haryana) along with its fighting vehicles began moving towards Delhi. Meanwhile, another sizeable section of the Agra based 500 Para Brigade also moved to near Palam, reported the Indian Express newspaper on Wednesday. However, both were stopped and ordered to move back.

Major General SL Narasimhan, Additional Director General Public Information, did not deny the movements and said, “ These were routine fog-time  training at the formation-level to check  the effectiveness of mobilisation as per Standard Operating Procedure  of  local information.”

According to the central intelligence reports the Defence Minister and Prime Minister were informed and the central government put in motion a contingency plan by issuing a terror alert to slow down traffic towards Delhi.

The Defence Secretary was reportedly asked to cut short his visit to Malaysia following which he met with the Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen AK Choudhary.