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June 4, 1999
Flt Lt Nachiketa arrives in India
Flight Lieutenant K Nachiketa, the pilot of the MiG-27 fighter that went down in the Kargil sector last month following engine trouble and who was captured by the Pakistani Army, was received at the joint check post at Wagah on the Indo-Pakistan border at Amritsar this evening.
The commandant of the 28th battalion of the Border Security Force, which guards the check post, received the Indian Air Force officer who was handed over to the Indian high commissioner in Islamabad yesterday.
Officers from the Indian Army and various intelligence agencies were present at the check post when the IAF officer walked across the Radcliffe Line.
Flt Lt Nachiketa remained in Pakistani custody for eight days.
He was expected to reach New Delhi at 2030 IST where he would be received by Defence Minister George Fernandes, Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis, chief of air staff, and his parents, who have been flown down to the capital for the event.
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