Since the Pulwama incident, India is high at emotions. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured by the neighbouring country after his fighter jet crashed in an air duel with a F-16 Aircraft on Wednesday. Soon things went out of control and before his jet crashed, he was forced to eject which made him land across the Line of Control.
Today, people across India have gathered and stood unitedly at Wagah Border to receive this brave son of Indian soil. It is no less than a festival for Indians. People from Jammu to Kaniyakumari are standing united to welcome the wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
Yesterday, the neighbouring country’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan announced that he would be released, which signalled a pull-back as the situations were getting out of control. Abhinandan was kept in the custody of the neighbouring country, but the pressure from all over the world made the neighbouring country to release the pilot.
As soon as the big news was announced, the Wing Commander’s family flew out from Chennai to New Delhi. Abhinandan’s father who is a retired Air Marshal, S Varthaman and mother Shobha Varthaman who is a doctor left for Delhi. His parents are all set to receive Abhinandan, who is expected to be handed over India by 2 pm at Wagah Border. However, the family has requested privacy and did not speak to media while on their way to the airport.
According to an official source, it is said that the pilot is likely to be brought from Rawalpindi to Lahore. Before being brought to JCP between 12 pm and 2 pm to return home, he will be handed over first to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under rules of the Geneva Convention.
When a reporter asked, whether India looked at Wing Commander Abhinandan’s return as a goodwill gesture, Air Vice Marshal Kapoor said, “We are happy that our pilot, who had fallen across the Line of Control and was in custody of neighbouring country, is being released, we’re extremely happy to have him back. We only see it as a gesture which is in consonance with all Geneva conventions.”
Soon after the news of Abhinandan’s release broke, netizens users took to the micro-blogging platform to say Welcome Back Abhinandan. All social networking sites are flooded with best wishes.