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‘Justice’ hope for kabaddi champ

International kabaddi champion Vindhyavasini Kumari came back to hometown Bokaro on Wednesday with a big smile on her face.

The 24-year-old player, who got neither a state job nor cash awards promised to her by former chief minister Arjun Munda, his deputy Sudesh Mahto and former Bokaro DC Sunil Kumar after winning Team India gold at the first women’s kabaddi world cup in Patna in 2012, had a “satisfactory meeting with chief minister Hemant Soren” on Tuesday.

Vindhyavasini told The Telegraph that Hemant, in the course of a 20-minute meeting on Tuesday, said he would take up her case earnestly with his cabinet and give her “justice”.

The gutsy girl first went to Kanke Road, because she knew the chief minister stays there. Then, she was directed to Project Building, which is the state secretariat and Hemant’s workplace. She reached there in the afternoon.

“Our chief minister told me that he had read about my case that morning in the newspapers,” she said. “He was very polite and gave me hope.”

According to the state sports policy or Jharkhand Khel Niti formulated in 2007, an international player from the state can even bag a gazetted officer’s post, if the person’s educational qualification matches the job profile.

Vindhyavasini, a history graduate who knows computers, is a strong case.

The Telegraph had reported Vindhyavasini’s plight on January 21. After the Patna triumph, Arjun Munda (then chief minister) promised the champion a state job and Rs 10 lakh, his deputy Sudesh promised a reward of Rs 10,000 and DC Kumar a monthly scholarship of Rs 10,000, none of which materialised.

Will Hemant ensure a job for Vindhyavasini?