New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the media report on two key army units being moved suspiciously closer to the capital from their bases outside was "alarmist" and should not be taken at face value.
"These are alarmist reports. These should not be taken at face value," Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.
Clarifying the government's stand, Singh said the army chief's office is an exalted office and all of us have an obligation to do nothing that lowers its dignity. "Army Chief's office is an exalted office and nothing should be done to lower its dignity," he said.
On Hafiz Saeed issue, the PM said "All those who are engaged in terrorist acts against India have to be brought to book."
The Indian Express newspaper in a front page report onWednesday said the Hisar-based Mechanised Infantry and elements from a unit of the airborne 50 Para Brigade based in Agra had moved towards the capital in January. It said the movement took place on the night of 16 January, without following the standard operating procedure of informing the defence ministry in advance.
It said since this happened around the time when army chief Gen VK Singh was waging a judicial battle against the government over his age row, it created unease and suspicion in the corridors of power in Delhi.