NEW DELHI: The debriefing of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan and returned to India last month, has been completed by the Indian Air Force and other agencies and he is going on sick leave for a few weeks now, news agency ANI reported, quoting sources in the Indian Air Force.
A medical review board in the near future will assess the medical fitness of the Wing Commander and decide when he can resume his operations as a fighter pilot, the sources said.The sources added that Wing Commander Varthaman will now go on sick leave for a few weeks on the advice of doctors of Army’s Research and Referral Hospital.
Doctors at the Army Hospital Research And Referral have advised him to go on the leave following his harrowing experience in Pakistan where he was beaten mercilessly by locals in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on February 27.
The medical review board will examine his report and fitness and decide when he can resume his services as a fighter pilot.
Varthaman went through a series of debriefings by security agencies in New Delhi on March 3 even as his routine medical checkup continued for the second day at a military hospital after he returned to India through the Attari-Wagah border late night on March 1.