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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 22:24 IST Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was safely returned to India on Friday night (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistani officials handed over Wing Commander Abhinandan at the Wagah-Attari border on FridayThe IAF pilot’s fighter jet was shot down by Pakistan on Wednesday following an aerial battleAbhinandan had taken down a Pakistani F-16 before going down himself in enemy territoryThe whole nation is celebrating the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the heroic Indian Air Force pilot crossed over the Indian border just after 9pm on Friday night.Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani officials after his fighter jet, a MIG-21 Bison, was shot down during an aerial combat between India and Pakistan on Wednesday morning.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.The Wagah-Attari border was full of people who had gathered since morning to welcome the country’s hero from Pakistan, even as according to protocal, the Wing Commander was kept away from the public glare.Indian sports personalities, Bollywood actors and prominent politicians celebrated his return on social media throughout the day. It was indeed a historic moment when he exited the Pakistani side and marched over to India and was immediately embraced by the Indian army and IAF.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also paid a glorious tribute to Abhinandan, just minutes after he crossed the border.”#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come,” the BCCI wrote on Twitter and posted an Indian jersey with Wing Commander Abhinandan written on the back.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/PbG385LUsEadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2019Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to express his pride and love for Wing Commander Abhinandan and bowed down to his courage.”A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves,” Tendulkar wrote.A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandanJai HindSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 1, 2019″Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan!The nation is proud of your exemplary courage.Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians.Vande Mataram!Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2019Other sports stars like Virender Sehwag, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin etc kept on flooding twitter with congratulatory messages throughout the day.How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Welcome back our hero … #WingCommandarAbhinandan #IndianAirfoceSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) March 1, 2019Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman, the entire country salutes your spirit and bravery. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/wXSobEm4VESuresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 1, 2019In my time alive on this planet, I haven’t seen a bigger hero. #WelcomeBackAbhinandanAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 1, 2019#WelcomehomeAbhinandan. We bow to your courage and bravery. Jai hindManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) March 1, 2019The nation salutes your valour , selflessness and grit. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/N432Qk2ajTVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 1, 2019Welcome back Wing Commander Abhinandan .. you are our HERO in the truest sense.. The country salutes you and the bravery and dignity you have shown #Respect #WelcomeBackAbinandan Jai HindSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 1, 2019We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanAnil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 1, 2019Welcome home IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanji. Entire nation is proud of you. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanHima Das (@HimaDas8) March 1, 2019Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day during which both nations claimed to have downed an enemy jet each.Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured alive by Pakistani officials on Wednesday after his MIG-21 Bison fighter jet went down in enemy territory after dogfight with a Pakistani fighter plane.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Wing Commander Abhinandan VarthamanFollow IAF pilotFollow IAF heroFollow India vs Pakistan BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to the Indian Air Force by Pakistani officials at the Wahag-Attari Border just after 9pm on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today questioned former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.The police said that Aluthgamage was questioned over alleged fraud said to have taken place when he was the Sports Minister. (Colombo Gazette)