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Troop movement row: MPs quizz Def Secy, Vice-Chief

MPs quizzed Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and Army Vice Chief SK Singh on a media report of suspicious movement of troops near the capital.



New Delhi: Members of Parliament on Wednesday quizzed
Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and Army Vice Chief S K
Singh on a media report of suspicious movement of troops
near the capital in January but they dismissed it as baseless.

Sharma and Singh, appearing before the Parliamentary
Standing Committee on Defence, said it was normal process of
testing the preparedness of the armed forces, sources said.

The two were asked to appear before the Committee to brief
members on recent controversies dogging the armed forces,
including the deal to procure Tatra trucks for the Army.

However, the newspaper report which said that on the night
of January 16-17 an entire mechanised infantry unit based in
Hisar with its fighting vehicles began moving towards Delhi,
the day Army Chief Gen V K Singh approached the Supreme Court
on the age issue, dominated the proceedings today.
Committee Chairman Satpal Maharaj asked the Defence
Secretary and the Vice Chief of the Army to appear before the
Committee on April 9 with complete facts related to the issue,
they said.

Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM), P J Kurien (Cong), Mukhtar Abbas
Naqvi (BJP) and Ram Kirpal Yadav (RJD) raised the issue at the
meeting of the Parliamentary Committee.

Several members felt that such reports created fear in the
minds of the people as it was related to civil-military
relations.
A section of the members also felt that such reports could
send a wrong message to the world.

PTI

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