New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday awarded Vir Chakra to Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman during an event at the Raj Bhawan here.
Varthaman is best remembered as he shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet during a dogfight over the Line of Control (LoC) on Feb 27, 2019.
Vir Chakra,which was handed to him, is India’s third highest wartime gallantry award.
India found a new national hero in Abhinandan in 2019.
Amid escalating tension between India and Pakistan, Abhinandan Varthaman was taken into custody after his MiG-21 jet was downed during an engagement along the Line of Control (LoC).
Pakistan later released him.