ABHINANDAN: Pride of India, Wing Commander Abhinandan Vartaman in Pakistan custody after MiG21 crash

NEWS / ABHINANDAN
UPDATE: February 28:Reports now emerge that it was Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who shot down Pakistan’s MiG16 fighter jet…

Earlier report, on February 27:
CHENNAI: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, now in Pakistani custody after the MiG21 fighter jet he piloted in the fight in the skies above LoC on Wednesday crashed, hails from Chennai. 

Abhinandan died while trying to chase away the PAF fighter jets which intruded into India and dropped two bombs in an uninhabited areas near the LoC, Wednesday.

The brave IAF officer is son of retired Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman, he lived in Madambakkam area in Chennai. His family hailed originally from Thirupanamoor village, near Kancheepuram. Abhinandan is married and has two children, a report here said, adding his father now lived in Selaiyur near Tambaram. 

India has demanded that Pakistan immediately hand over Abhimanyu, a highly decorated and valiant IAF officer, back to India. Reports said he parachuted to safety after the MiG21crashed, and landed in Pakistan territory. 

Abhinandan said no more than “Sorry .. I cannot speak anymore,” when he was confronted by the Pakistani officials, after he was beaten up by locals who first spotted him on the ground.

RELEASE
Abhinandan cannot be kept in custody by Pakistan for long, as Pakistan is a party to the Geneva Convention with regard to rules of war and conflict. Pakistan has reiterated that it will follow the rules of the Geneva Convention with respect to Abhinandan too. –IHN-NN

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