Wg Cdr Abhinandan, a Chennai boy, son of highly decorated Air Marshal

He is married and has one kid. Ironically, Abhinandan's father was a consultant for the Mani Ratnam movie Kaatru Veliyidai in which the pilot hero was captured by Pakistan. 

Published: 27th February 2019 07:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2019 03:08 PM   |  A+A-

Missing pilot Wg Cdr Abhinandan

Missing pilot Wg Cdr Abhinandan

By Express News Service

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan on Tuesday, will be released Thursday as a 'peace gesture', Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has confirmed. 

Abhinandan hails from Chennai. He is the son of Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman (retired), who played a crucial role in the upgradation of Mirage-2000, the aircraft which was used in the offensive against Jaish-e-Mohammed targets in Pakistan on Tuesday.   

Simhakutty Varthaman has been advocating the need to upgrade the fighter squadrons and weapon systems.

He has also been recommending the creation of ‘Chief of Defence Staff’ post to coordinate war-efforts as well as with the civilian administration.

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Abhinandan, the Mig-21 Bison pilot, trained at the Tambaram airbase and hails from Selaiyyur. He is married and has one kid.

"Abhinandan has one kid. His family isn't staying here currently," a maternal relative said. 

Ironically, Air Marshal Varthaman also worked as a consultant for Mani Ratnam’s movie 'Kaatru Veliyidai' where the pilot hero, played by Tamil actor Karthi was captured by Pakistan.

Air Marshal Varthaman, an alumnus of the Sainik School at Amaravathinagar in Tamil Nadu, coordinated the upgradation of the Mirage-2000 aircraft in Gwalior during the 1999 Kargil conflict. 

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He is also part of a high-powered panel appointed by the defence ministry to examine different aspects of the multi-billion dollar fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project which is being co-developed with Russia. 

Abhinandan’s relatives had wanted the Indian government to intervene and secure his release from Pakistan.

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  • sanjay kanr verma

    4 years ago reply
  • Shams Khan

    He is safe well looked after don't worry We treated him with Lahori Nashta & Kashamri chai in Break fast
    4 years ago reply
  • Prasun Chaturvedi

    Who is this personal information supposed to help?
    4 years ago reply
  • S Roy

    This is a time for national unity to face our enemy united. Can we get the 21 opposition leaders who played into Pakistani hands today arrested ?
    4 years ago reply
    • Joyjeet Sarkar

      Need Not worry bro... We only need to make sure that this time they doesn't get any seat in Lok Sabha election.
      4 years ago reply
  • Vinnie

    Msy Gof help to bring him back
    4 years ago reply
  • Ishtiaq

    We our WC Abhi to be brought back at any cost. We are with govt of India and we all love Abhi
    4 years ago reply
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