New Delhi, March 2: The entire nation is rejoicing and celebrating the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the Indian Air Force pilot crossed over the Indian border at around 9.20 pm on Friday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to welcome Wing Commander Abhinandan, who stepped on the India soil from Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar, Punjab, where thousands had been waiting for hours to have a glimpse of the brave pilot.
Minutes after Abhinandan crossed the border and was received by Indian Air Force and the Indian Army, the BCCI posted a special message for him on their official Twitter handle which has the name of the pilot engraved on Team India jersey.
Welcoming the pilot, the BCCI tweeted: “#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to
Abhinandan’s MiG-21 Bison had crashed on PoK after he destroyed a Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 fighter jet by firing an R-73 air-to-air missile. The aerial battle kicked off after the violation of the Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir by the Pakistani F-16 fighter jet. After being held captive for two days, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan sought to return him back to India as a mark of ‘peaceful gesture’. However, Indian Air Force said that their decision was only as “a gesture which is in consonance with Geneva conventions”.
On Friday, after a long delay, Abhinandan was handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah-Attari border at 9:20 pm. “Abhinandan has just been just handed over to us. He will be taken for detailed medical check-up. This is recommended as he ejected from the fighter jet. IAF is happy to have him back,” said AVM RK Kapoor.