New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who has been the centre of attention ever since he returned to India after being capture by Pakistan has amassed a humongous fan following with every single man lauding the pilot for his exemplary bravery but it must be noted that he does not have a social media account.
The IAF on Wednesday took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share the same piece of information so as to make people aware of the same. The IAF listed at least six fake Twitter handles which were sharing false information.
“Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman does not have a social media account on any portal (Facebook /Instagram /Twitter). Please avoid following any fake accounts being used in the name of any IAF Airwarrior for spreading misinformation. Jai Hind!!!”
Several fake accounts on Facebook have also been created.
The fake accounts came to notice after some series of tweets were paradoxical in nature. The impostor behind the account earlier praised the Pakistan Army for its conduct and then reasoned Varthaman’s release. The first activity of the account was noticed on March 1 after Varthaman returned to India and thereby retweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s welcome to the Indian Air Force pilot.
Wing Commander Varthaman was captured by Pakistani forces last week after air combat between the Indian Air Force and the Pakistani Air Force. The MiG-21 Bison fighter jet that was flying was shot down by Pakistani forces. He ejected and landed into the Pakistani side of the Line of Control, where he was captured.
Varthaman was lauded for his courage during his captivity by the Pakistani Armed Forces. His conduct while in captivity won him admiration in India. He underwent a medical checkup at Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in the national capital, was checked for bugs during an MRI scan, and declared clean by the doctors a few days back.