Thanks for the job, but need justice, says attacked athlete

April 14th, 2011 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Barielly, April 14 (IANS) Arunima Sinha, 23, who lost her leg after being thrown off a train here by robbers, Thursday thanked the Indian Railways for offering her a job but said she would pursue her “war against the injustice” meted out to her.

A national level volleyball player, Arunima was pushed out of the general compartment of Padmawati Express for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some hoodlums, while travelling from Lucknow to Delhi late Monday.

Her left leg came under the wheels of another train passing on the parallel rail track. Railway cops carried her to the local district hospital where she lay injured, traumatized and unconscious until Wednesday morning when she narrated the horrendous tale.

“While I am extremely grateful to the Railways for showing such a humane gesture, I would still like to pursue my war against the injustice meted out to me by a group of vandals,” she told reporters in the local district hospital, where she is admitted with multiple injuries, including a broken right leg and an amputated left lower limb.

“I had stepped out of my home in Ambedkar Nagar in search of a job, which has now come on a platter, albeit after a major tragedy. But that does not mean the end of my story. I would wish to urge the police administration not to become complacent; instead they must aggressively get on to the trail of the culprits,” she stressed.

“Even though I have suffered, I would not want anybody else to go through such ordeal. Therefore, it is important that those responsible for bringing me into this state are awarded deterrent punishment,” she added.

Even as cops were running a wild goose chase, Arunima was hopeful that the assailants would be identified and brought to book.

“The police has been saying that it’s not easy to identify the culprits since it was a general compartment, but my feeling is that such ruffians were the usual short-distance daily commuters. So the task should not be all that difficult, provided the police makes a concerted effort.”

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