Army standoff in Kashmir blown out of proportion: PM

The standoff between officers and soldiers of an armoured unit of the army in Jammu and Kashmir was being "blown out of proportion", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday, asking Rajya Sabha members not to discuss it.

The prime minister, who is the leader of the upper house, intervened after Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the defence minister should make a reply as the issue was of a "mutiny in the army".

"The house must not have discussion on it, it is a small incident being blown out of proportion," the prime minister said.

"It is not good for the morale of the army," he added.

The standoff reportedly took place after a soldier of the 16th Cavalry of the army committed suicide in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba sector Wednesday morning. 

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