At a function in Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of Tamil Nadu’s, Narendra Modi said that every Indian is proud that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the captured fighter pilot who Pakistan will release today, is from Tamil Nadu. The function was held shortly before the release of the veer that everybody is currently talking about.
On Thursday, the IAF or Indian Air Force declared Pakistan’s stance on freeing Wing Commander Varthaman only as “a gesture which is in consonance with Geneva conventions while Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said it was a “peace gesture”.
It was during an aerial confrontation that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan. The mission was a pre-emptive strike carried out by the IAF on Jaish-e-Mohammed, a pakisani terror organization that had claimed responsibility of the Pulwama Attack in Jammu & Kashmir where 40 + Indian soldiers were killed.
Varthaman’s MiG 21 was shot and he ejected out after bringing down a Pakistani F-16 fighter, following which he was captured and tortured for information that he proudly denied offering.
Abhinandan Varthaman’s native place is Tirupanavur village near Tiruvannamalai in Tamilnadu. He is married to a squadron leader Tanvi Marvaha and has two children. The family is a resident of Madambakkam but are currently living in Delhi. He was educated and grew up in Tiruvannamalai. His first training of the air force took place in Chennai after which he worked in various camps in the Northern States.
Date of Birth: 21-June-1983.
Age: 35 years old.
Living Place: Chennai.
Father: Retired Air Marshall Simhakutty Vardhaman
Mother: Dr. Shobha
Wife: Tanvi Marvaha
Carrier: Indian Air Force.
Service No: 27981.
Date Commissioned: 19-June 2004.