Hyderabad: A message has gone viral on Twitter claiming that Indian Army officer Lieutenant General Taranjit Singh has been arrested on charges of sedition.

"This is a sign of the beginning of sabotage in the Indian Army. The Khalistan movement will now be further strengthened Congratulations," the message reads

These messages mainly targeted Lt Gen Taranjit Singh, stating that he has been arrested on charges of sedition against the government.

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Fact Check:

The claim that Lt Gen Taranjit Singh has been arrested is FALSE. The army rubbished this news as fabricated and far from truth.

The Indian Army slammed Pakistan for carrying out 'malicious' social media campaign targeting one of its senior officers with an aim to defame the force.

"Having failed consistently to incite religion-based disaffection within the country, Pakistan, in a desperate attempt, is now trying to create a divide within the Indian Army. The Indian Army categorically rejects such malicious attempts to defame the institution," an army statement said.

According to the reports, Lt Gen Taranjit Singh is a deputy chief (Operations) of the Integrated Defence Staff, which is part of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), and there are no charges against him.

With the campaign picking up momentum over the past few days, the Army organized an interview of the senior officer with news agencies, both video as well as print, to clarify that he was fine and working from his office.

Taranjit Singh Claim (1)

Therefore, the claim that Lt Gen Taranjit Singh has been arrested is FALSE. The Indian Army clarified that the news was being spread by Pakistan with malicious intentions.

Claim Review :   top army officer Lt General Taranjit Singh has been arrested
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

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