`Compensation will not last long, I need govt job`

Last Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 15:38

Bareilly/New Delhi: The young athlete,
who lost her leg after being thrown out of a train by robbers, Thursday demanded government job saying that a "small compensation" will not help her even as Railways ordered a
high-level probe into the incident.

"A few thousand rupees cannot last long. I have a full
life to live and what I need is not small compensation but a
permanent government job," 23-year-old Arunima Sinha, a
national-level football and volleyball player, said from her
hospital bed.

Arunima alias Sonu lost her leg after she was pushed
out of the Padmavat Express in Bareilly on Monday night by
three men trying to rob her when she was travelling to Delhi
to appear for an examination.

She said her dreams have been shattered. "My problem
is that I won`t be able to realise my dreams. I am thinking of how to fulfil my dreams," she said.
Arunima`s sister Laxmi said her condition was stable,
though she had fever. "Doctors have asked us to wait for two
days after which Arunima might undergo surgery, if needed,"
Laxmi said.

"I want to appeal to the state government to ensure the
security of women traveling in trains so that such tragic
incidents do not happen again with anyone," Arunima`s sister
Lakshmi said.
Lakshmi said a RPF official visited her in the
hospital at about 2.30 am and gave her Rs 5,000 for treatment.
He told her that a probe was on into the incident. "Till now
the treatment is almost free. We have to spend a nominal
amount," she added.

A case under section 307 (attempt to murder) and 393
(attempt to robbery) of the IPC has been registered against
unidentified persons by the Government Railway Police.
"A high-level inquiry by a four-member team has been
ordered to probe into the incident which will submit its
report within a week time," Deputy Divisional Railway Manager
(Moradabad) A K Singhal said after meeting Arunima at the
hospital.

The committe would include commandant Railway
Protection Force, divisional safety officer, divisional
operating manager and engineer. Singhal gave her Rs 5,000 as
immediate relief.
In New Delhi, Railway Board Chairman Vivek Sahai told
a press conference that all possible medical assistance will
be provided to Arunima. The Railways is also talking to some
NGOs to get her prosthetic leg.

The compensation will be given to her by the Railway Claims Tribunal. It will decide about the amount, he said but
did not give any assurance that she will be given a job by
Railways.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 15:38

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