Srinagar: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman swallowed a quarter of his secret documents and threw out other papers of his Survival Kit in a pond, before being captured by the Pakistani civilians and later by the Pakistani Army. In a scene completely depicting a ‘Survival behind enemy lines’ drama, Abhinandan had taken out his pistol and discharged a few shots to scare away the mob. He was shot on the leg by someone from the crowd as well. Blood and mud-soaked documents along with a pink coloured book on ‘survival on land’, a blue notebook and a map were retrieved from the pond after he was captured.
Wg Cdr Varthaman was held by 3 Pakistani civilians in Bhimber district of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). 58-year-old Mohammad Razzaq Chaudhry, one of the three civilians and a political activist, had given a whole narration of the incidents to a Pakistan Local Daily, Dawn. According to him, there was a dogfight on in the sky at around 8 45 am. After an Indian aircraft sped across the LoC, Razzaq saw a parachute descending a kilometer from his house. He immediately called his friends Shoaib, Razza and others and asked them to reach the location.
The Wg Cdr unstrapped his chute and asked the youth whether he had landed in Pakistan or in India. The mob told him that he landed in India. Out of joy Abhinandan raised pro-India Slogans and asked them the name of the place. He also mentioned that his back was sore and he wanted some water. The youth then responded saying he was in Qillan and started raising Pro Pakistan Slogans and also assaulted him. He drew his pistol and fired into the air in self-defence.
Six Pakistani soldiers had then come to take him into custody. Reports say that Shoaib had called the Army. They drove 58 km, from Horran to Bhimber military headquarters in Muzaffarabad, in a Pakistan army jeep. Frenzied civilians along the road showered rose petals on the Pakistan army personnel for capturing the Indian pilot, Dawn reported.
After he was captured, The Pak Army had shot several videos of Wg Cdr Abhinandan to appease the many of their civilians and jihadi terrorists who had been outraged by India’s strikes on the JeM training facility at Balakot, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.