Went through a lot of mental harassment in Pak custody: Abhinandan

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has reportedly told the Indian Air Force authoritieshe was made to go through a lot of mental harassment, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying.

He has however said that he was notphysically tortured by the Pakistanis during the time he was in their custody,

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was in Pakistani Army’s custody for more two days after his MiG 21 was downed during a dogfight with a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet on Wednesday.

The dogfight took place in Pakistani airspace after Indian fighter jets were scrambled to respond against a large package of Pakistani fighter jets ingressing into Indian airspace with a view to attacking Indian military installations.

Abhinandan had landed in Pakistani territory and was caught and initially beaten up by some locals before two Pakistani army soldiers could take him into their custody.

After spending nearly 58 hours in the custody of the Pakistan Army, Wing Commander Abhinandan was repatriated to India late on Friday evening.

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