BJP blames Mamata, Mayawati for Arunima being thrown off train

Expressing shock at volleyball player Arunima Sinha being thrown out of a train in Bareilly, BJP on Thursday alleged that both Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and UP CM Mayawati should be held responsible for the incident.

Last Updated: Apr 14, 2011, 20:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Expressing shock at volleyball
player Arunima Sinha being thrown out of a train in Bareilly,
BJP on Thursday alleged that both Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee
and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati should be held
responsible for the incident.

"BJP is shocked at the incident of a lady being thrown
out from a train. She is a volleybal player of national
stature. She was lying unattended on the railway tracks for
six hours. This is tragic and absolutely shocking," BJP
spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
Holding both Banerjee and Mayawati responsible for the
incident, she said while it shows how unsafe women passengers
are in trains it is also an index of the poor law and order
scenario in Uttar Pradesh.

"This is an utter failure of Mamata Banerjee`s Railways.
Shows the inefficiency with which the Railways is functioning
and how there is no safety for women passengers. She should
leave her election campaigning for a day and meet the victim
to see for herself why this incident took place," Sitharaman
said.

BJP has demanded that Banerjee accept responsibility for
the incident and fix accountability of Government Railway
Police and other Railways officials in the sloppiness shown in
handling the case.

"The future of this lady has been shattered. An inquiry
should be conducted into how this incident had come to pass.
Both Railways and UP government are equally responsible for
this state of affairs. Women are not safe in UP," she said.

The opposition party lamented the fact that such an
incident had taken place despite women at the helm of affairs
of both Railways and UP.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari termed
the incident as "extremely unfortunate, tragic and
regrettable" and demanded that all the agencies which had the
responsibilty to provide a safe train journey to the player
should ensure that she is properly rehabilitated.
Noting that rehabilitation does not just mean
compensation, he said the agencies concerned should also try
to give her a purpose of life.

On the volleyball player lying on the tracks for six
hours after being thrown out of the train, Tewari said it
reflected the poor law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

PTI