Railways offers job to athlete Arunima

Last Updated: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 00:36

New Delhi/Bareilly: Arunima Sinha, a
national level football and volleyball player who lost her leg
after being thrown out by robbers from a running train near
Bareilly on Monday, will be given a job by the Railways which
has promised all help for her rehabilitation.

"We are extending all help for her rehabilitation
which includes a suitable job in Railways," Railway Board
Chairman Vivek Sahai said.

"Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed
her concern about this unfortunate incident and ordered that
all financial assistance be extended to ensure that proper
medical attention is provided to her," Sahai said.

The announcement came after the young athlete said
a small compensation would be of no help to her and that she
needed a permanent government job.

"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 said from her
hospital bed in Bareilly.

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 snatch her gold chain when she was
travelling to Delhi to appear for an examination. As she lay
on the tracks, another train ran over her left leg. She had
fractures on her right leg and also suffered head injuries.

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.

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) AK Singhal said after meeting Arunima at the
hospital.

The committee would include commandant Railway
Protection Force, divisional safety officer, divisional
operating manager and engineer. Singhal gave her Rs 5,000 as
immediate relief.

Sports Minister Ajay Maken announced an immediate
ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 and all possible help to Arunima.

Some NGOs have been approached to get her prosthetic
leg, the Railway Board Chairman said.

The compensation will be given to her by the Railway
Claims Tribunal. It will decide about the amount, he said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 00:36

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