Railways offers job to athlete Arunima
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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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