Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was part of an aerial engagement with Pakistan a day after the Balakot air strike and was later caught by Pakistan after his Mig-21 crashed on their side, is set to get Vir Chakra on Independence Day, defence sources said on Wednesday. Vir Chakra is the country’s third-highest war time gallantry medal.
In addition, several other gallantry awards are to be announced for the pilots and personnel involved in the Balakot air strike. The details are waited from the Defence Ministry.
Wg. Cdr. Varthaman was caught by Pakistan on February 27 after his Mig-21 Bison fighter jet was hit in a dogfight with Pakistan Air Force jets and came down across the Line of Control (LoC). He was released and handed over to India at the Wagah-Attari border crossing on March 1.
He was posted with the Mig-21 squadron in Srinagar before the incident. After going through the medial process after his return, he was posted back to a fighter unit.
Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence Day – The Hindu