Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has spent around 60-hours in Pakistani Police Custody after MiG-21 Bison was shot down by Pakistani Air Force F-16 in February. He will be awarded Vir Chakra Gallantry Medal on August 15, Independence Day, report sources. 

Pilot Varthaman has emerged as a ‘National Hero’ after he knocked down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet on February 27, during a dogbattle near LoC (Line of Control). After which, the Wing Commander was captured by Pakistani Army Forced and deployed to India 3-days later on March 1. 

The incident took place a day after Indian Air Force fighter jets have bombed biggest terrorist camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, after 40 jawans were encountered in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir by a suicide bomber of JeM.   

36-year-old Abhinandan Varthaman is expected to rejoin flying duties after clearing medical examinations. 

He had suffered severe injuries after ejecting from his fighter jet and parachuting to safety.  

Pilot Varthaman went through a number of mental and physical evaluations since he was captured and released. 

An evaluation soon after his return from Pakistan found injuries to his ribs. Pakistani army Officials informed that the injuries were the reason of assault by locals after his jet crashed and declared that he was treated in compliance with the Geneva Convention. 

Pilot Varthaman said that Pak Authorities didn’t physically assaulted him but was subjected to “mental harassment”. 

Hours after released, Pilot Varthaman told a senior  IAF commanders that he was ready to return to the cockpit.

Amid concern over security conditions in the country, Indian Air Force has posted Pilot Varthaman to an unknown air base in Western Sector, which is near Pakistan Border. IAF Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has confirmed that the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman would resume his duties as soon as he was physically fit.

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