IAF pilot Wg. Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman was said to be tortured badly by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for about 40 hours, when he was under the custody of Pakistan for two days. Official sources revealed that within hours of his capture in the Pakistan Occupied territory, he was moved to Rawalpindi from Islamabad by the operatives of ISI from the custody of the Pakistan Army.
He was kept in the interrogation cell for two days and was tortured by the ISI. He has reportedly revealed this during his debriefing by Indian officials, after his return to the country. On February 26, Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman had chased Pakistan jets that had targeted Indian military installations. In the process, his jet was downed by the air defence guns of Pakistan and he was captured by the Pakistan Army
Sources in the Ministry informed that the ISI tortured him physically and mentally during questioning. “He was put in a room with bright lights and blaring music. At every half-an-hour, a person walked in and thrashed him. Wg Cdr Abhinandan shared this information and much more during the debriefing,” the sources said.
Sources also revealed that before Abhinandan was moved to Rawalpindi, he was treated well by the Pakistan Army. He was offered tea at the Army Officers Mess. The video sequence of him enjoying a cup of tea was taken in that Mess. However, Abhinandan added that the second video showing him praising the Pakistan Army is fake. “I did not say any such things. It is not my voice and this can be verified by matching it to my voice.”