IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returned home with a rib fracture and bruises
New Delhi : Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to India after 60 hours of captivity in Pakistan, suffered a rib fracture, some bruises and back contusion, a report quoting officials claimed.
One day after he was handed over to India, the IAF pilot underwent a medical checkup at Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in the national capital
“He has an uncomplicated rib fracture. It could have been either due to the fall or people there hurting him. He doesn’t remember which one it was,” the official was quoted as saying in a report by Economic Times.
No significant injury has been seen near the brain and spinal cord. He is likely to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, following which he will have a debriefing with top government officials and a psychological evaluation.
Earlier, on Saturday, Abhinandan told government officials that he was mentally tortured while he was under the Pakistani authorities.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharama also paid a visit to the Indian hero at the hospital.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was held captive by Pakistani authorities on February 27 after his MiG 21 Bison went down during a dogfight with Pakistani jets. Before his plane was hit, he shot down an F-16 of Pakistan air force. He was also manhandled by a crowd after he landed in a village in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.