In a new twist in the Arunima case, Government Railway Police on Tuesday claimed that she was disturbed and may have either attempted suicide or met with an accident but the athlete rubbished the allegation, saying she is being “mentally harassed” by the police.
The GRP said it has found loopholes in the version of 23-year-old Arunima Sinha, a national level football and volleyball player, that she lost her leg after being thrown out of a train by robbers in Bareilly who tried to snatch her gold chain.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, ADG (Railways) A.K. Jain said, “The investigations point out that Arunima was disturbed and she either attempted suicide or met with an accident. We will unravel it in the next few days.”
“The loot attempt as alleged by her was not corroborated in the investigation by any of the witnesses,” he said.
During investigation, it was found that no physical test for ITBP was scheduled for April 11 in Noida, where Arunima said she was heading.
Also, she was found at a spot which was 16 feet away from the up track on which Padmavat Express passed and she was lying on the far side of the adjacent down track, the investigators said, adding that it was impossible to land so far if pushed out of the train.
Arunima's version that the speed of the train was very fast was also found to be “untrue” as after halting for 12 minutes at Chanaiti railway station in Bareilly, Padmavat Express moved 250 meters (the spot, where she was found), where the speed cannot be more than eight km/hour, according to the investigators.
The investigators feel that Arunima had crossed the railway line.
Claiming that her visit to Delhi was unplanned, the investigators said that Arunima was in touch with her brother-in-law Om Prakash Tripathi till 2.30 am while she was at Charbagh Station in Lucknow on April 10.
According to her mobile records, before coming to the station she made a call to her friend Sanjay in New Delhi from Kursi Road.
Sanjay had told police that Arunima was disturbed and suddenly made a plan to visit Delhi.
Arunima had claimed that she had lost her leg after she was pushed out of the Padmavat Express in Bareilly on April 11 by five men trying to snatch her gold chain when she was travelling to Delhi to appear for an examination.
When asked about the police view, Arunima, who is undergoing treatment at the AIIMS, said, “I am being mentally harassed” by the police.
“I don't know whether the police is with me or against me. I was going to CISF, Noida office to enquire about the Centre for physical exam scheduled on May 7 and to ensure a correction in my date of birth in the call letter I have received”, Arunima said.
“If GRPF is not satisfied then it is their problem. What I stated is true. Five robbers had tried to rob me of my chain,” Arunima said from the hospital bed.
After conducting initial investigations the Railway police said that the chain Sinha claimed to be stolen was found in her wallet.
To this she replied, “I never said that the chain was stolen. If I would have given away the chain to the robbers would I have have ended up loosing one leg.
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.
“Some persons tried to snatch my chain and one of them hit me on my abdomen...and I fell,” Arunima said.
Asked how she landed 16 feet away from track, the athlete said, “I was not so far...But I don't remember whether my foot came under Padmavat Express on any other train“.
Asked why the railway police was disputing her version, she said, “They are trying to save themselves. They fear that I may ask them for a job. They are playing politics with me.”
Besides losing her leg, Arunima also sustained injuries on her spine and pelvic.
The police have lodged an FIR under section 307 (attempt to murder) and 393 (attempt to loot) against unidentified youths in this connection.
Doctors at AIIMS treating her today said they will conduct another two rounds of surgery in a few days for infection reduction on her amputated leg before performing operation for other injuries she has suffered.
“Since she has responded well to the treatment for the infection in her amputated leg, we have decided to conduct another two sittings of vacuum assisted closure (VAC) wound therapy. Once the wound heals we will analyse the right leg,” Trauma Centre head M C Misra said.
She had undergone two rounds of surgery last week for reducing the bacterial load in the infected amputated leg. - PTI