Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will the first recipient of the ‘Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar’ instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti, workers of organization said on Sunday, Hindustan times reported.
The award for the fighter pilot was announced in New Delhi by the organisation’s chairperson Manidra Jain, said its Maharashtra chapter convener Paras Lohade in Nashik.
The award, instituted this year, carries a cash prize of Rs 2.51 lakh, a memento and a citation and will be presented to Varthaman on April 17, coinciding with Mahavir Jayanti, said Lohade.
Mr. Varthaman, pilot of Mig-21 Bison was captured by Pakistani army after he chased a Pakistani jet on 27 February and had to eject out of his aircraft.
PM Imran Khan announced his release in parliament session on 1 March.