IAF Pilot Abhinandan breaks silence, what did he tell IAF Authorities about custody in Pakistan?
NEW DELHI - Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has reportedly told the Indian Air Force authorities that though he was not physically tortured by the Pakistanis during the time he was in their custody, but he was made to go thorugh a lot of mental harassment, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying.
IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was in Pakistani Army’s custody for more than 50 hours after his MiG 21 was downed during a dogfight with a Pakistani jets. The dogfight took place in Pakistani airspace after Indian fighter jets were scrambled to respond against a large package of Pakistani fighter jets ingressing into Indian airspace.
Abhinandan had landed in Pakistani territory and was caught and initially beaten up by some locals before two Pakistani army soldiers could take him into their custody.
After spending nearly 58 hours in the custody of the Pakistan Army, Wing Commander Abhinandan was repatriated to India late on Friday evening at the Wagah border near Amritsar.
Upon his return to India, he was shifted to Delhi overnight after a preliminary examination. He is being kept under medical observation at the Air Force Central Medical Establishment at Subroto Park in New Delhi.
Upon reaching Delhi he met his family for a few minutes before being taken for a medical check up and counselling. He was met by Indian Air Force chief Air Marshal BS Dhanoa early on Saturday morning. Defence Minister also met him ater in the day.