I was subjected to mental harassment in Pakistan's custody - Abhinandan Varthaman
IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was held hostage for almost 60 hours by the Pakistan Air Force admitted that the opponent army has harassed him mentally in the custody. Abhinandan was captured on February 27 by Pakistan in an airstrike between the two air forces in which his MIG-21 was shot down.
Hours after taking him into custody, Imran Khan, Pakistan’s supremo has announced Abhinandan’s release tending to the global pressures on the country. After his release, he expressed his bitter during his Pakistan custody with the Indian officials.
Abhinandan said that he was subjected to mental harassment by Pakistani authorities, however, he did not face any physical torture during his stay. At 9.20 pm on Friday, he crossed over to the Indian soil through the gates of the Attari-Wagah border accompanied by Dr. Fariha Bugti, the FSP officer, and Pakistani rangers.
Varthaman met his family members and the top officials of the Indian Air Force. He also went through primary physiological and physical check-up in the presence of officials from the military and Intelligence agencies during which he has admitted that he was mentally harassed during his captivity. Abhinandan has also suffered a rib fracture and multiple bruises.
Lately, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Defence Minister met with Abhinandan and praised the courage and determination of the brave soldier in her latest tweet.