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Wing Commander Abhinandan's debriefing ends, to go on sick leave for few weeks: IAF sources

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The debriefing of has been completed by the (IAF) and other agencies, according to sources.

A medical review board in the near future will assess the medical fitness of the and decide when he can resume his operations as a fighter pilot, sources said.

They added that Varthaman will now go on sick leave for a few weeks on the advice of doctors of Army's Research and

He was chasing Pakistani jets with a -21 fighter plane in on February 27 and crossed over to Pakistan-occupied (PoK) where his aircraft was shot down during the fierce dogfight.

He ejected safely and was taken into custody by the Army when his parachute drifted and fell inside the PoK. He was released on March 1 after on February 28 announced to release him as "a peace gesture".

Earlier sources said that Wing Commander Varthaman had informed the top brass of IAF that he was subjected to a lot of mental harassment, though he was not physically tortured by authorities.

On March 4, IAF BS Dhanoa clarified that Varthaman will fly an aircraft again after he is declared fit.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 16:45 IST