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Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami Demands Param Vir Chakra For Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

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| March 8 , 2019 , 17:14 IST

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday to confer the country’s highest military honor Param Vir Chakra to Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

“I request the Government of India to confer the nation’s highest military honor, Param Vir Chakra, on Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman,” the Chief Minister wrote in his letter, according to news agency PTI.

In his letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Palaniswami said, “Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman displayed amazing poise and confidence in the face of adverse conditions, which has won him many hearts across the country. It is appropriate that he be awarded India’s highest military honor Param Vir Chakra (PVC) for displaying most inimitable gallantry and valour,” news agency PTI quoted the Chief Minister as saying.

Varthaman, who was captured on February 27, returned home on March 1 after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced he would be released as a "gesture of peace".

According to the central government, Param Vir Chakra "is awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea, or in the air.”

Abhinandhan’s family hails from Tirupanamoor village in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu and his father and mother currently live in one of the colonies where serving and retired Air Force officers reside on the outskirts of this city. The Wing Commander’s father retired from the Indian Air Force (IAF) as Air Marshal in 2012 and the serving officer’s grandfather also served in the Indian Army.