Kathmandu: A day after the Indian government was surrounded with questions on the unexplained troop movements near Delhi in January; Army Chief Gen V K Singh on Thursday dismissed the report as "absolutely stupid".

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Army Chief in Nepal to attend the three-day Regional Seminar on Natural Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance was talking to the reporters on Thursday. "This is absolutely stupid," Singh said when asked to comment on the report.

He said, “Whoever is trying to make stories against army chief is deplorable. People are unnecessarily trying to throw muck at both government and army. Such people need to be taken to task”.

The report in Indian Express that said the government was "spooked" on the night of January 16-17, because of the movement of a mechanised infantry battallion from Haryana's Hisar and a sizeable section of 50 Para Brigade created a storm in the government.
In New Delhi on Wednesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the defence establishment dismissed the report as "alarmist" and "absolutely baseless".

Moreover, Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and Army Vice Chief S K Singh appearing before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, said it was normal process of testing the preparedness of the armed forces, sources said.

However, The Indian Express, which reported a "curious" movement of two units of Army towards Delhi in mid-January that created a storm, said it stands by the report that came after investigation over six weeks.

"The report is a meticulous reconstruction and a very sober interpretation of the movement of two key Army units towards New Delhi on the night of January 16-17," the statement said adding it was investigated over six weeks and written by a team headed by Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta.