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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthanam to be awarded Vir Chakra

Indian Air Force’s fighter pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be conferred with Vir Chakra on Independence Day.

Varthaman was in news after the military confrontation between India and Pakistan escalated in February this year.

After the gruesome Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir in February, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, India had reportedly carried out air strikes hitting terror targets in Pakistan.

On February 27, 2019 Varthaman pulled down a PAF jet when a couple of them tried to enter the Indian air space the following day. In this endeavour, Varthaman’s MIG-21 developed a technical snag and he ejected out of the craft but landed in Pakistan.

He was released the following day after strong diplomatic push by India. Abhinandan Varthaman was taken off flying duties due to injuries sustained in Pakistan.

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