MRI scan reveals no bugs in pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

Wing Commander tells IAF brass he wants to return to cockpit at the earliest

No bugs have been found implanted in Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman during an MRI scan, a source said on Sunday.

The security agencies were understood to have been checking for any bugs which could be present in Wing Commander Varthaman, who was returned by Pakistan on Friday.

The scan showed an injury in his lower spine which could have happened following his ejection from the MiG-21 fighter plane after a dogfight with Pakistani F-16 jets on Wednesday, the source said. He also has a rib injury due to an assault by the Pakistani locals soon after he landed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after his aircraft was shot down.

The pilot also underwent debriefings by security agencies. He conveyed to the IAF brass that he wants to return to the cockpit as soon as possible, officials said.

His health condition is being monitored by a group of doctors at the Army’s Research and Referral hospital.

He will be the first recipient of the ‘Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar’ instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti, a functionary of the organisation said. It will be presented on April 17, on Mahavir Jayanthi.

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