Indian Air Force Wind Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who shot down a Pakistani F-16 across the Line of Control after which he was captured and subsequently released will be conferred with Vir Chakra on Independence Day.
The Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured in February after the MiG21 Bison that he was flying was shot down by Pakistan, following which he jumped off with a parachute but landed on the other side if the Line of Control (LoC).
The fighter pilot suffered a rib fracture, a back contusion and bruises after he was attacked by locals in Pak occupied Kashmir.
He was held in the custody of Islamabad for nearly 60 hours before he was released. He was captured on 27 February and returned on March 1 when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that he would be releases as a ‘gesture of peace.’
After Abhinandan Varthaman was returned, the Wing Commander underwent a medical check-up and was given a four weeks leave but he rejoined his squadron on Srinagar.
In February, India carried out a retaliatory terror strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp after they claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF Jawans in Jammu and Kashmir.
Vir Chakra is the third highest gallantry medal after Param Vir Chakra and Maha Chakra during wartime.