Abhinandan subjected to mental harassment

Wagah: Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (C) 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_000239B)

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was subjected to lot of mental harassment by the Pakistan army, when he was in their custody for over 58 hours. He was reportedly narrated his experiences during their captivity to the Indian Air Force top brass, while going through medical examinations.

Though he was not physically tortured by Pakistan military authorities, they tried to bring psychological pressure on him to reveal Indian army secrets.

The Wing Commander was also medically examined at the Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME), a compact and specialised medical evaluation centre for aircrew of all the three services.

This was needed considering the fact that he had ejected after his MiG-21 was shot down in PoK air space while chasing Pakistani fighter planes which had transgressed into Indian air space on February 27. Before his plane was shot, he had hit a Pakistani F-16.

Wing Commander Varthaman was expected to be debriefed by the IAF on his detention in Pakistan, which is yet to take place.

After being captured, Varthaman showed courage and grace in the most difficult circumstances for which he was appreciated by politicians, celebrities and others.

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