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Arunima doubts Railway police probe

National-level athlete Arunima Sinha today smelt politics in the GRP probe into the incident in which she lost her leg, saying the authorities were afraid that she might end up asking for a job.

delhi Updated: Apr 26, 2011 21:34 IST

National-level athlete Arunima Sinha on Tuesday smelt politics in the GRP probe into the incident in which she lost her leg, saying the authorities were afraid that she might end up asking for a job.

A probe by the Government Railway Police has found loopholes in the version given by Sinha that she lost her leg after being pushed off a train by robbers in Bareilly.

"If GRP is not satisfied then it is their problem. What I said is right and true. Five robbers had tried to rob my chain," 23-year-old Arunima, undergoing treatment at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, said from her hospital bed.

When asked for her opinion as to why the railway police is allegeing her claims to be untrue she said, "They are trying to save themselves. Might be because of job. They fear that I might ask them for a job. They are playing politics with me."

After conducting initial investigations the GRP said the chain Sinha claimed to have been snatched was found in her purse.

To this she replied, "I never said that the chain was stolen. If I had given away the chain to the robbers, would I have ended up losing one leg?

"When I was taken to a hospital in Bareilly, I remember that some nurse or some lady in the hospital in front of the doctor took the chain out from my neck and put it in my purse which also had my ATM card, PAN card and some money. She said she would hand them over to my guardian or relative at the hospital."

The incident happened on April 11 and Arunima was shifted from a Lucknow hospital to AIIMS Trauma Centre on April 18 after she developed an infection in her amputated leg.

Regarding the police's claims she had no luggage and was travelling without a ticket Sinha said, "What the police is telling regarding my ticket is lie. My ticket is still with me. During investigation nobody from the GRPF asked me for the ticket which is with me now -- safe and sound. And since they did not investigate about the ticket they wrote in their reports that I was travelling without a ticket."

Hoping for a speedy recovery, doctors at AIIMS Trauma Centre where she is undergoing treatment have decided today to conduct another two rounds of surgery for infection reduction on her amputated leg before approaching her other injuries.

She has already undergone two rounds of surgery last week for reducing the infection load of her amputated leg. Doctors applied a device-- vacuum assisted closure -- that would help to bring down the bacterial load in the infected amputated leg.

Arunima had also got fractures on her right leg and spine and suffered head injuries in the incident.