Wing Commander Abhinandan's lower spine, rib hurt: Sources

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 03, 2019, 04.50 PM(IST)

File photo: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Photograph:( ANI )

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The sources said the injury to his lower spine may be from when he ejected from his MiG-21, the injury to his rib meanwhile may have been caused by the attack on him by Pakistani villagers. 

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was held captive by the Pakistanis for two days after his jet was shot down in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, has suffered injuries to his lower spine and rib. 

The news agency ANI quoted sources as saying Abhinandan might have hurt his spine while ejecting from his MiG-21. 

The sources added that the injury to his rib may have been caused by the attack on him by local Pakistani villagers. 

Abhinandan's jet was shot down on Wednesday. (He was before that able to shoot down a Pakistani F-16.) 

When he landed, he asked the locals whether he was in India or Pakistan. They said India but Abhinandan realised better and backed away from away. 

He fired his service revolver in the air to keep the locals off him, and tried to swallow the documents he had on his possession. 

The locals caught up with him and began to beat him.

He was finally rescued by Pakistan Army personnel. 

Abhinandan was returned to India on Friday night. 

After his return, he was kept at the Air Force Central Medical Establishment in Delhi. He is currently undergoing a "cooling down" process, a series of medical check-ups which are expected to last till Sunday. He will then be debriefed. 

He will undergo further check-ups and treatment at the Army's Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi. 


The sources added Sunday that Abhinandan had been checked for bugs — an MRI had been done on him — but that none were found planted on him. The MRI is what had shown up the injuries to the lower spine and the rib. 

(With inputs from ANI)