An attempt to save her gold chain cost an athlete her leg near Bareilly, UP, in the early hours of Tuesday.
Sonu Sinha, 25, said she was pushed out of the general compartment of a moving Delhi-bound train after she tried to resist the snatchers. She fell on the adjoining track, where an oncoming train sliced off her leg.
Her other leg fractured, she is now undergoing treatment at the Bareilly district hospital.
A resident of Akbarpur in Ambedkar Nagar district, Sinha is a national-level runners-up in athletics and also plays volleyball, football and kho kho. Slated to appear for an interview with the CISF for the post of a constable in Noida on Wednesday, she had boarded the Padmawat Express post midnight from Lucknow’s Charbagh station.
Two hours later, as the train reached Chenatia — between Barielly and Shahjahanpur — a clash began among the passengers. During the melee, she was allegedly attacked by a few passengers, who wanted to snatch her gold chain. When she resisted, the miscreants threw her out of the train.
The government railway police, however, deny the robbery bid. Additional Director General, GRP, AK Jain, said: “She was seated near the door of the compartment and was pushed out during the scuffle. There was no complaint of robbery from any other passenger.” Still, a case of attempted robbery has been registered and “I have ordered a probe,” he said.