Tambaram MLA SR Raja from the DMK and Sriperumbudur MP KN Ramachandran from the AIADMK visited the residence of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s parents in Chennai on Wednesday. The Wing Commander is believed to be the soldier who has been captured by Pakistan Army; the Indian government has confirmed that one Indian defence personnel is in Pakistan custody, and Pakistan has claimed that the person in their custody is Abhinandan Varthaman.
Wing Commander Abhinandan is the son of Air Marshal (Retd) Simhakutty Varthaman. After visiting the family, MLA SR Raja said, “They (the parents) said he (Abhinandan) was safe. They are not attending any phone calls at the moment.”
MP KN Ramachandran said, "This is not politics. I've met his mother and father." The MP quoted a thirukkural to the media: “Eendra pozhuthin perithuvakkum thanmaganaich // chaandron enakketta thaai."
The verse roughly translates to, “A mother would be even more happy when she hears that her son is a man of wisdom, than the time of his birth.”
Referring to a video released by Pakistan media of Wing Commander Abhinandan, where the officer remains calm as he gives a statement, the MP said, “His mother is enthused by what the braveheart has said there (in Pakistan). He is a son to all of us.”
“Modiji has proven our strength. Very soon we will take political action to bring back the braveheart," he added.
Shortly thereafter, more police personnel and a few senior officers of the IAF arrived at the residence of the Wing Commander.