With the Government Railway Police (GRP) contesting her version of the accident — that she fell from a moving train following an attempt to snatch her gold chain — sportswoman Arunima ‘Sonu’ Sinha has said she is being drawn into a “murky controversy”.
A day after pointing out other loopholes in her version of events, the GRP said on Tuesday Sonu’s gold chain has been recovered from her purse, along with cash and other valuables.
The findings, they said, rule out the possibility of a robbery attempt.
AK Jain, additional director general of police, GRP, said: “When she was brought to the hospital in Bareilly, she carried a purse. The chain, which she said the miscreants had tried to snatch, was inside. There was also an ATM card, a cellphone and R1,700 in cash.”
Dismissing the statements of the GRP, Arunima, who is undergoing treatment at the AIIMS Trauma Centre in Delhi, said: “The nurse at the Bareilly hospital gave all my belongings to my sister, including the chain.”
Om Prakash Tripathi, Sonu’s brother-in-law, who had accompanied her to Delhi, said a nurse gave the bloodstained chain to Sonu’s sister before Sonu was taken to the operation theatre.
The GRP, Arunima said, is “circulating these rumours only to cover up their incompetence”.
“I was lying on the rail tracks for hours and they didn’t even know,” she said. “I am now being dragged into a murky controversy. Physically I was already troubled; these baseless rumours have now disturbed me mentally also.”
Earlier, the police have said it is possible that Arunima attempted suicide that night.
She was suffering from personal problems, Jain said. “Even her journey was not planned. There was no ITBP physical test the next day in Noida, for which she said she was taking the trip,” he said.
The police also said Sonu was found 16 feet from the tracks of the train she was travelling in. Given the distance, it was not possible for her to have been pushed out. “We have plenty of evidence that contradict her claims,” Jain said.
A resident of UP’s Ambedkar Nagar district, Arunima was allegedly thrown out of the moving Padmavat Express on April 11.