New Delhi/Bareilly: Indian Railways on Thursday offered a job to volleyball player Arunima Sinha, who lost a leg three days ago after she was thrown out of a running train by robbers. The Indian Railways also offered Sinha "all financial assistance" to her.

"We are quite serious about rehabilitation of the athlete. All financial assistance will be given, it includes a suitable job," Railway Board chairman Vivek Sahai told reporters in New Delhi.

The Sports Ministry, which had initially offered her a paltryRs 25,000  compensation, hiked this to Rs 2 lakh following an outcry.

Sounding relieved by the sports ministry's hiked compensation, Sinha said from her hospital bed in Bareilly city, she felt like a beggar when they announced Rs 25,000 compensation for her.

"I felt like a beggar, it would have been like a charity," she said.

Arunima thankful for the offer

A national level player, Sinha said she was satisfied and thankful for the job offer.

"They understood my feelings. I am satisfied, my main aim was that I get a job; if government gives me a job, I will be very thankful," she said.

The job offer however will not lessen the pain of losing her career as a volleyball player, she said.

"My dream will never come true, but all I want is to be strong and not to be a burden on anyone," she said.

Culprits to be punished

She also said she wants the culprits caught and punished.

"While I am extremely grateful to the Railways for showing such a humane gesture, I would still like to pursue my war against the injustice meted out to me by a group of vandals," she told reporters. She was admitted to hospital with multiple injuries, including a broken right leg and an amputated left lower limb.

"If such people are free, what happened with me could happen with others. A officer is needed in every rail bogey," she said.

Railway minister concerned over incident

Sahai said Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is busy in campaigning for West Bengal assembly elections, has expressed her concerns over the "unfortunate incident" and ordered the authorities to provide all possible financial assistance to the athlete.

Sinha was pushed out of the general compartment of Padmawati Express near Bareilly city in Uttar Pradesh for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some hooligans late on Monday, while travelling from Lucknow to Delhi.

Her left leg came under the wheels of another train passing on the parallel rail track and she also sustained serious head injuries. Railway police carried her to the local district hospital where she lay injured, traumatized and unconscious until Wednesday morning when she narrated her tale.

Ironically she was travelling to Delhi to appear in an examination to get a job in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

(Agencies)