Athlete smells politics in GRP probe

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 23:12

New Delhi: National-level athlete Arunima
Sinha on Tuesday smelt politics in the GRP probe into the incident
in which she lost her leg, saying the authorities were afraid
that she might end up asking for a job.



A probe by the Government Railway Police has found
loopholes in the version given by Sinha that she lost her leg
after being pushed off a train by robbers in Bareilly.



"If GRP is not satisfied then it is their problem.
What I said is right and true. Five robbers had tried to rob
my chain," 23-year-old Arunima, undergoing treatment at the
AIIMS Trauma Centre here, said from her hospital bed.
When asked for her opinion as to why the railway
police is allegeing her claims to be untrue she said, "They
are trying to save themselves. Might be because of job. They
fear that I might ask them for a job. They are playing
politics with me."



After conducting initial investigations the GRP said
the chain Sinha claimed to have been snatched was found in her
purse.



To this she replied, "I never said that the chain was
stolen. If I had given away the chain to the robbers, would I
have ended up losing one leg?
"When I was taken to a hospital in Bareilly, I
remember that some nurse or some lady in the hospital in front
of the doctor took the chain out from my neck and put it in my
purse which also had my ATM card, PAN card and some money. She
said she would hand them over to my guardian or relative at
the hospital."



The incident happened on April 11 and Arunima was
shifted from a Lucknow hospital to AIIMS Trauma Centre on
April 18 after she developed an infection in her amputated
leg.



Regarding the police`s claims she had no luggage and
was travelling without a ticket Sinha said, "What the police
is telling regarding my ticket is lie. My ticket is still with
me. During investigation nobody from the GRPF asked me for the
ticket which is with me now -- safe and sound. And since they
did not investigate about the ticket they wrote in their
reports that I was travelling without a ticket."



Hoping for a speedy recovery, doctors at AIIMS Trauma
Centre where she is undergoing treatment have decided today to
conduct another two rounds of surgery for infection reduction
on her amputated leg before approaching her other injuries.



She has already undergone two rounds of surgery last
week for reducing the infection load of her amputated leg.
Doctors applied a device-- vacuum assisted closure -- that
would help to bring down the bacterial load in the infected
amputated leg.



Arunima had also got fractures on her right leg and
spine and suffered head injuries in the incident.



PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 23:12

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