Mountaineer Arunima wins battle against railways after seven years

Updated on Jan 30, 2018 01:25 PM IST

After a seven-year legal battle, mountaineer Arunima Sinha won the right to compensation from the railways for a 2011 incident in which she was pushed out of a moving train near Bareilly while resisting robbery, resulting in amputation of her left leg.

Arunima Sinha.
Arunima Sinha.
Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By, Lucknow

After a seven-year legal battle, mountaineer Arunima Sinha won the right to compensation from the railways for a 2011 incident in which she was pushed out of a moving train near Bareilly while resisting robbery, resulting in amputation of her left leg.

Her success story

Not willing to be bogged down by the tragedy, Arunima decided to pursue her mountaineering training at the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation-run camp in Uttarkashi. She began training there from March 3, 2012 under the watchful eyes of renowned mountaineer Bachendri Pal. Eventually, Arunima became the first woman amputee to conquer Mount Everest on May 21, 2013.

The Railway Claims Tribunal, Lucknow, ordered the railways to pay Rs 7.2 lakh as compensation to Arunima. The court also ordered railways to pay the amount with 6 per cent interest from January 1, 2017.

Arunima was on way to New Delhi by Padmavat Express from Lucknow on April 11, 2011, when she was pushed out of the moving train by miscreants. Doctors treating Arunima at the AIIMS, New Delhi had to cut her left leg during the course of treatment.

In May 2011, Arunima filed a case with the Railway Claims Tribunal seeking compensation. Presiding over the tribunal, ex- general managers, railways, RP Pandey and AK Srivastava, passed the judgment on December 22 last.

Advocate Janki Sharan Pandey, who represented Arunima before the court, stated that during arguments railways had initially refused to accept that Arunima was a bonafide train passenger.

Thereafter, the railways changed its stand and contended that Arunima fell from the train due to her own negligence and was not pushed by robbers and so she was not entitled for any compensation, said Pandey.

However, during the prolonged legal battle, it was proved that Arunima was travelling on a valid ticket and was pushed from the moving train by miscreants.

Pandey had earlier successfully contested the case of Manish Mishra, who died after being pushed out of a moving train near Chata railway station, Mathura, on January 24, 2004, while opposing eve teasing on the train.

Mahendra Mishra, father of the deceased, received a compensation of about Rs 6 lakh from railways by orders of the tribunal.

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  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Pawan Dixit has been a journalist for over a decade. He has extensively covered eastern UP for around five years, covered 2012 UP assembly polls, 2014 Lok Sabha polls while being stationed in Varanasi. Now, in Lucknow, he covers outstation political assignments, reports special cases from district court, high court and state information commission

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