Published On: Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019

Wing Commander Abhinandan undergoing cooling process

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman underwent several medical tests after he was brought from Attari-Wagah border to Delhi late Friday night as a part of cooling down process at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), which is a specialized medical evaluation centre for aircrew.

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The pilot met his family members and several top officials early Saturday even though his cooling down process to continue till Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Abhinandan’s return to the country from the captivity of Pakistan saying, “Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians.”

Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan authorities after his MiG-21 Bison crashed down while in dogfight with Pakistani jets.

Tensions between India and Pakistan are at peak following a suicide bomber killed more than 40 army men in Kashmir on February 14. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the attack.

Amid mounting outrage India carried out counter-terror operation on February 26 and claimed to have hit JeM training camp in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

A day later Pakistan retaliated with a large air formation. It was a total of 24 fighter jet planes and included some F-16s too.

The IAF pilot shot down one of the F-16 but his plane too was hit and he bailed out. He landed in PoK and was taken into Pakistan’s custody.

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