28 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik prayed for the well-being of captured Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Naveen Patnaik took Twitter and said, "Saluting the courage and valour of our forces, I hope and pray for the wellbeing and safe return of our brave pilot. #OurForceOurHero"
Abhinandan was taken into custody by Pakistani army when the Indian fighter jet crashed across the LoC. Pakistan on Thursday said that it will decide on the status of captive Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman "in a couple of days".
Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that the Indian pilot, who was caught on Wednesday, was "safe and healthy"."India has raised the matter of the pilot with us. We'll decide in a couple of days what convention will apply to him and whether to give him Prisoner of War (POW) status or not," he said.
While one video shows that Abhinandan was harassed by an angry mob there, in another video, he is sipping tea and thanking the Pak army for their gentlemanly behavior. Indian authorities have also not commented on these two videos yet.