Captured Indian pilot choked, beaten, sleep deprived - media

 Captured Indian pilot choked, beaten, sleep deprived - media

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was tortured during his over 60 hour captivity in Pakistan.

According to the Indian media, the pilot repelled all attempts by the Pakistani interrogators who tried to extract crucial information on Indian troop deployment, sensitive logistics and high-security radio frequencies within the first 24 hours, according to a senior officer debriefing the fighter pilot.

Varthaman was not provided any medical treatment during initial hours after he ejected from his MiG-21 aircraft on February 27.

He was beaten, choked, deprived of sleep and subjected to mental and physical harassment by Pakistani interrogators. The IAF pilot was made to stand for long hours, made to hear loud music to confuse him and increase his discomfort, the official told Hindustan Times.

All Indian fighter pilots are tutored to hold back information as long as they can when they get captured so that the deployment and frequencies can be changed within the first 24 hours to thwart any attempt by the enemies to leverage the advantage, the official said.


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