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Abhinandan Varthaman to get Vir Chakra on Independence Day

August 15, 2019

Indian Air force Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet, will be awarded Vir Chakra on Independence Day. During the attack, his aircraft crashed on Pakistani soil after which their troops held him captive for over sixty hours before handing him back to India. Varthaman's bravery along with a calm and composed manner in which he responded to Pakistan military was much appreciated.

Braveheart Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be honoured with Vir Chakra on Independence Day. He shot down F-16 of... Congrats buddy. Whole Nation is Proud of your gallant action in the face of enemy Cheers-Major Surendra Poonia, Indian Armed Forced Veteran.

Varthaman, who was working with the Mig-21 squadron in Srinagar, was caught by Pakistan military on 27 February after his Mig-21 Bison Fighter jet crash landed on Pakistani soil. The next couple of days were filled with anxiety as to whether Pakistan will let him return back to India. But Varthaman was handed over to India on 1 March.

Vir Chakra is India's third highest war time gallantry medal given to a person. Social media was flooded with congratulatory messages for Varthaman.

"We congratulate Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on being conferred with Vir Chakra to be given on Independence Day. Your calm in face of a crisis is a story worth textbooks. Proud of you officer!!!", tweeted All India Mahila Congress.

"Congratulations to real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for Vir Chakra", tweeted Pragati Devkat.

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