New Delhi: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the hero of an aerial dogfight with Pakistan on February 27, will receive the highest military honour, a top government official has said. The 35-year-old is brave with a Vir Chakra, they said.
Along with Varthaman, five other pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be awarded Air Force Medals for bravery. The secret of development is that the government has recognized their prowess in getting into Pakistan’s airspace and successfully bombing the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist base in Balakot, and rewarding it.
The Balakot border attack on February 26, a few days after the Jaish militant crashed into the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama, Jammu, and Kashmir, resulted in the death of 44 Jawans.
In a retaliatory attack in Balakot, many terrorists are believed to have been killed. The number of accidents could not be known accurately.
A day later, on February 27, Pakistani fighter jets breached Indian airspace, triggering a reaction from India. Abhinandan Varthaman, commanding the MiG-21 bison, succeeded in firing the F-16 aircraft used by the Pakistan Air Force.
Later, Mig of the IAF Hero was also attacked, which forced him to dismiss immediately. He landed on the Pakistan side of the border and was captured by their forces.
As Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan admitted it, they decided to send Abhinandan Varthaman back to India within 60 hours of his capture.