Scan reveals Wing Commander Abhinandan has injury in lower spine and rib: Reports

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Wagah: Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side, Friday, March 1, 2019. Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile. (PTI Photo)(PTI3_1_2019_000235B)

The MRI scan of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was conducted on Sunday at Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital in Delhi Cantonment and the doctors did not find any bugs.

Sources told ANI that the scan has also revealed that Abhinandan has suffered an injury in his lower spine which could have happened due to his ejection from his MiG-21 after the fierce aerial dogfight with Pakistani F-16 fighter jet on February 26.

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Sources added that the scan also showed that a rib of  Wing Commander Abhinandan was injured due to assault by Pakistani locals soon after he landed in PoK after his plane was shot down. Abhinandan is set to undergo more check-ups and treatment at Research and Referral Hospital.

On Saturday, it was reported that Wing Commander Abhinandan was subjected to severe ‘mental harassment’ during captivity in Pakistan. The Wing Commander informed that “though he was not physically tortured by the Pakistanis, he went through a lot of mental harassment.”

Wing Commander Abhinandan remained in Pakistan’s captivity for around 59 hours before being handed over to Indian authorities on Friday night.

Wing Commander Abhinandan was flying the MiG 21 Bison when he chased the Pakistani F-16 fighters which had transgressed into the Indian airspace, and in the process, his plane crossed over to the Pakistani side and was shot down. Though he managed to eject safely but was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing.

(with ANI inputs)

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