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No interest in interfering with govt: Indian Army

by FP Staff  Apr 4, 2012 11:06 IST

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The Indian Army has rubbished a media report which stated that confusion was sparked off by the movement of two army units towards the national capital saying that they had no interest in interfering with the Indian government.

"The Indian Army is a national army and we have no interest in interfering with the Indian government," a statement issued by the Indian Army reported Times Now.

The Indian Army said the troop movement was a standard procedure. Reuters

The army said the movement of the two units, a mechanised infantry unit and a paratrooper unit, were operational practices carried out as per their standard operating procedures.

The Prime Minister's office has also denied the report and refused to comment further on it.

A report today stated that the movement of two army units towards the national capital on the night on 16 January, the same day that the Army chief approached the Supreme Court over his date of birth controversy, had sparked off confusion in political and bureaucratic circles. The army has dismissed the report and said the movement of the units was part of exercises to test their movement in fog.

The BJP has asked for the resignation of the Defence Minister or his removal by the Prime Minister. The party has accused the Defence Minister of letting the relations between the government and the army dipping to unprecedented levels.