New Delhi, Apr 16 : India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today offered monetary help of Rs 1 lakh to national level football and volleyball player Arunima Sinha who lost her leg after being thrown out of a running train by robbers near Bareilly.
Harbhajan, who played a crucial role in India's triumph in the World Cup which India won after 28 years, had some encouraging words for Arunima.
“I got to know this news through a friend and I really feel for the young girl. Her life is ahead of her and as a sportsman, it's our responsibility to help her.
“I would like to tell Arunima that she should not lose heart and champions like her will overcome all the obstacles. I offer this small token of help and wish her all the very best in life,” Harbhajan said.Earlier, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh too came in support of Arunima, offering her Rs 1 lakh.
“It is really unfortunate and tragic with what has happened to Arunima. She must be brave sportsperson who came forward to fight against robbery. I know the loss is irreparable, but I would like to offer her this little contribution on of one lakh rupees,” he had in a statement issued by ‘Yuvraj Singh Foundation'.
Arunima alias Sonu lost her leg after she was pushed out of the Padmavat Express near Bareilly on Monday night by three men trying to snatch her gold chain when she was travelling to Delhi to appear for a CISF 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.Railways has offered her a suitable job while sports minister Ajay Maken announced Rs two lakh medical compensation and an immediate ex-gratia of Rs 25,000. PTI