Wing Commander Abhinandan to be awarded the 'Vir Chakra'
On Independence Day, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and squadron leader Minti Aggarwal will be honored with the 'Veer Chakra' and 'Yudh Seva Medal' gallantry awards.
Indian Air Force pilot wing commander Abhinandan will be awarded the 'Vir Chakra', and Squadron Leader Minti Aggarwal will be awarded the 'Yudh Seva Medal' on August 15, reports said.
Wing Commander Abhinandar Present.
'Vir Chakra' is an award given for showing bravery in action. Wing Commander Abhinandan was shot down in a dogfight, after he downed a Pakistani F-16 after the Balakot attack. He bailed out from his Mig-21, and was taken into custody by the Pakistan army. He was returned to India later.
The Yudh Seva award will be given to Minti for his contribution during the air conflict between India and Pakistan after the Balakot air strike.
Every year, on Independence Day, gallantry awards are awarded to defence and security forces personnel.
India said its air force bombed a terrorist training camp in Balakot in Pakistan on 26 February.
The next day, Pakistani fighter aircraft entered the Indian border. Wing Commander Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16 aircraft from Pakistan in a skirmish.
After this, MiG-21 Bison of Abhinandan crashed in Pakistan. But after diplomatic efforts, Pakistan released him on 1 March.
Wing Commander Abhinander returning to India via Wagah border.
He came to India via the Wagah-Attari border, and was given a grand welcome. Abhinandan's photos went viral all over India.
Abhinandan will also get back to flying the MiG-21 in the next few weeks. He has been declared fully fit by the Indian Air Force's Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bangalore.
Photo released by Pakistan after the attack in Balakot by India.
A CRPF convoy was attacked on 14 February in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, by a suicide bomber. After this, India attacked the terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad's bases in Balakot, Pakistan with 12 Mirage-2000 fighters.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]