Abhinandan’s rib injured in Pak mob’s assault

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 injured due to “assault” by Pakistani residents, after landing in PoK following collapse of his Mig-21 jet fighter. As a result, doctors of a military hospital examining him four that his rib was injured.

Medical sources indicated that though they did not find bugs, the MRI scan showed an injury in the lower spine of IAF pilot, “which could have happened while ejecting from his MiG-21 after an aerial combat with neighbouring country’s F-16”.

He has reportedly conveyed to the IAF brass that he wants to return to the cockpit as soon as possible. Official sources said that he will undergo more checkups and treatment at Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi Cantonment. He has underwent several medical tests as part of a cooling down process.

A debriefing was also carried out by security agencies and will continue for the next couple of days. “The efforts have been to ensure that he returns to the cockpit soon,” a military official said.

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