Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan Army. Some videos of Wing Commander Abhinandan went viral on social media and every Indian is praying for his safe and immediate return.
India summoned the deputy high commissioner of Pakistan and demanded immediate and safe return of the IAF pilot. India also warned Pakistan against causing any harm to the Indian defence personnel.
This capturing has refreshed memories of the last time an Indian pilot was held captive by Pakistan. The pilot was Group Captain Kambampati Nachiketa and he was the first and only prisoner of war of the 1999 Kargil war.
Kambampati Nachiketa was 26 years old when the Kargil war took place between India and Pakistan in 1999 and he was a flight lieutenant at the time.
Speaking to NDTV in 2016, Kambampati Nachiketa said, “The jawans who had captured me were trying to manhandle me and maybe trying to kill me because, for them, I was just an enemy pilot who had fired on their locations from the air… Fortunately, the officer who came was very mature. He realised the situation that I am now a captive and now I need not be handled that way. So he was able to control them, which was a big effort because they were very aggressive at that stage.”
While speaking to Hindustan, Nachiketa said that he can not express that experience in words:
“It was very tough. I can’t describe that experience in words. That time I thought maybe death is a simpler solution. But I am thankful to God that destiny was on my side. I underwent severe mental and physical torture there for three-four days.”