New Delhi/Bareilly, Apr 14: 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 told PTI.
"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) A K 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.
Arunima's sister Lakshmi said her condition was stable, though she had fever. "Doctors have asked us to wait for two days after which Arunima may have to undergo surgery, if needed," she 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," she 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 had to spend only a nominal amount," she added.
NCW Chairperson Yasmeen Abrar said the women's panel has sought a report from the UP government on the matter.
"The law and order situation should be strengthened and safety and security of women should be ensured. We need more deployment of railway police personnel in trains to prevent such incidents," she told PTI.
Giving some compensation is not enough, Abrar said adding there should be a "comprehensive plan" for ensuring a better future for her.
Meanwhile, terming the incident as tragic, opposition parties including Congress, BJP and Samajwadi Party here said it exposed tall claims of the BSP about good law and order in the state.
These parties have demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter and immediate arrest of all the accused.
The incident took place between Chenati and Bareilly railway stations when Arunima was travelling to Gautam Buddha Nagar to appear in a CISF recruitment examination.
The Railway Board Chairman said they have already briefed the PMO about the details of the case and the treatment being provided to Arunima.
"She can claim compensation under Indian Railway Act and our commercial inspectors are already there to help her fill up the forms," Sahai said.
Asked if there was security lapse, Sahai said that providing escorts in all trains is not possible for railways.
"We run 11,765 trains a day out of which about 3,500 trains are being escorted by RPF and GRP. "We are very concerned about it and alert to the situation and constantly reviewing our stand and taking steps. We are going to take that review again after this incident and find out whether any rectification in the system is needed," he said.
He said four security personnel in a train of 24 coaches and the RPF staff try to do their best under the given circumstances.
"Sometimes, it happens (such incidents) despite the person being available on the train. It does not come to the notice or takes a little bit of time for them to react. But I think we are doing a good job considering that more than 2.2 crore passengers travelling in trains," he said.
"Nonetheless," he added "law and order is a state subject. We are reviewing the security and safety system."
About the compensation, Sahai said, "There is a provision of Rs 4 lakh in such cases. But RCT will decide the amount." PTI