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Cooling down process of Wing Commander Varthaman concludes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The IAF and security agencies have completed a nearly two-week-long debriefing of Abhinandan Varthaman, who spent around 60 hours in after being captured during a on February 27, officials said.

They said the IAF pilot's medical treatment has also concluded and he will go on sick leave for at least three weeks before resuming duty.

A medical board to be constituted by the IAF will review medical fitness of Varthaman to help the IAF top brass decide whether he can return to fighter cockpit as desired by him, they said.

Varthaman underwent the debriefing sessions by the security agencies as part of a cooling down process.

He was captured by the on February 27 after his Bison jet was shot down in a with Pakistani jets during an aerial combat. He downed an fighter of before his plane was hit.

Varthaman was released on the night of March 1 by

In the national capital, the IAF pilot was first taken to the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, a compact and specialised medical evaluation centre for aircrew of all the three services. Later he was brought to the Army's Research and

After he was captured, Varthaman showed courage and grace in handling the most difficult circumstances for which he was praised by politicians, strategic affairs experts, ex-servicemen, celebrities and people in general.

and B S Dhanoa met Varthaman separately on March 2 during which he apprised them about the mental trauma he was subjected to during his captivity in Pakistan.

Tensions between and Pakistan escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian installations the next day. However, the IAF thwarted their plans.

The Indian strike on the came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 21:50 IST