It was about 8:45 AM when wing commander Abhinandan’s aircraft crashed in Indian Territory, and he ejected. Unfortunately, his parachute landed in a village of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), 7 KM away from LoC.
When local boys saw a descending parachute, they ran towards that and gathered around. Wing commander Abhinandan was not sure about where he landed, in India or Pakistan. He asked local boys whether it is India or Pakistan. One of the Pakistani boys cleverly told, India. In relief, wing commander Abhinandan raised slogan Bharat Mata ki Jai! Vande Matram! And again asked which village he is exactly in India. Boy answered Qilla’n.
Due to parachute landing Abhinandan was in pain. His broken back was aching. He told them he has back pain and need some water to drink.
In between another Pakistani boy shouted “Pakistan army zindabad”. Wing commander Abhinandan quickly understood the situation, fired a bullet in air to dismiss boys around him, start running in backward direction towards India, pointing gun at local boys who had stones and guns in their hands. He ran for about a kilometer, and made some air gunshots to frighten local boys who were chasing him.
Even in this situation wing commander Abhinandan was calm, composed and alert. He might had a sense that Pakistani army can capture him. So he decided to destroy documents and maps he had, and jumped into a lake where he swallowed some documents and soaked others into the lake. For wing commander Abhinandan national security was important than his own life.
When he was in lake, one of the boys fired a bullet that hit his leg and they captured him. They made vulgar videos of Abhinandan that Pakistani irresponsible media displayed nationally and internationally violating Geneva Convention.
In the meanwhile, Pakistani army arrived and taken custody of wing commander Abhinandan, and released a video with tea to compensate earlier vulgar video. Later following Geneva Convention, in immense Indian pressure, Pakistani Prime Minister announced release of Wing Commander Abhinandan in Pakistani Parliament on 28th February and released him on eve 1st march 2019.
Earlier, high voltage tension between India and Pakistan started when India lost its 44 brave CRPF jawans in a suicide attack from Pakistan based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwama on 14 February 2019. Later India received intelligence input that JeM is planning more Pulwama like attacks in different parts of India. On it, Indian Air Force has carried out a non-military pre-emptive strike on JeM training camp in Balakot Pakistan on 26th February 2019. Pakistan retaliated on early morning of February 27th, 2019 in which wing commander Abhinandan followed and hit-down one of Pakistani F-16 aircrafts, but in same air-battle he lost control on his MiG-21, ejected from it but parachuted in PoK.
Author: Akriti Puja
Feminism floats through her blood. Big fan of Ekta Kapoor super-heroine stories. Trying for a decade to get rid of Indian TV serials, but always ends her day with “Nagin”. Can’t tolerate anything wrong against women. Handles “Pink Diary” Column.