Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s debriefing ends; may go on a sick leave

Wagah: Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side, Friday, March 1, 2019. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile. (PTI Photo)(PTI3_1_2019_000235B)

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman may soon go on a sick leave. News agency ANI has stated that the debriefing of the IAF pilot is over and he might proceed on a sick leave for a week.

Attributing the information to IAF sources, ANI tweeted, “The debriefing of Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman has been completed by the Indian Air Force and other agencies. Now the officer would be going on sick leave for a few weeks on the advice of doctors of Army’s Research and Referral Hospital.”

ANI added that “a medical review board in the near future will assess the medical fitness of Wing Commander Varthaman and decide on when he can resume his operations as a fighter pilot”.

Had suffered rib and spine injury

35-year-old Abhinandan Varthaman’s medical examination had revealed a rib injury due to the assault by the locals in POK.

A MRI scan on the IAF pilot showed that he also suffered a lower spine injury after ejecting from his MiG-21 plane. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had parachuted across the LoC on February 27 after a dogfight with Pakistani F-16 jets.

No bugs found 

The authorities also wanted to check if the Pakistani Army had planted any electronic spying devices – or bugs – in his body. The medical tests ruled out any such implants.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had undergone medical examination at the Research and Referral Hospital at Delhi Cantonment.

Pakistan released the IAF pilot from captivity on March 1.

Media reports claimed that Wing Commander Varthaman had denied physical torture by Pakistani authorities. He had instead complained of “mental harassment”.

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