Injured rib and spine: This is how Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman returned from Pakistan

The Hush Post | 9:14 pm | One-minute read |

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman suffered multiple injuries in Pakistan, medical tests reveal. His medical examination says the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot received a rib injury due to the assault by the locals in POK, NDTV reported.

A MRI scan on the IAF pilot showed that he also suffered a lower spine injury. The injury was probably inflicted upon being ejected from his MiG-21 plane. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had parachuted across the LoC on Wednesday after a dogfight with Pakistani F-16 jets.

The medical examination was conducted to ascertain if Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman suffered any internal injury. The authorities also wanted to check if the Pakistani Army had planted any electronic spying devices – or bugs – in his body.

Media reports say the medical tests have ruled out any such implants.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had undergone medical examination at the Research and Referral Hospital at Delhi Cantonment. He will undergo more check-ups there in the forthcoming week.

The IAF pilot was released from captivity by Pakistan on Friday.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also paid a visit to him and listened to the detailed account of his time in confinement.

Earlier, 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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