A former Indian TV news anchor died tragically during a morning walk when a coconut tree fell on her.
The incident which took place last week was captured by a CCTV camera installed at a nearby shop and the video went viral.
Kanchan Nath, 58, who had sustained severe injuries after the tree fell on her, died on Saturday morning, confirmed her husband Rajat.
The footage shows Ms Nath collapse after a coconut tree suddenly came crashing down on her during the walk. Passers by gathered at the spot and pulled her out from under the tree.
“The incident took place on Thursday when Ms Nath was on a morning walk in Chembur and the tree came crashing down on her that left her severely injured,” said a police official attached to a local police station.
“Nath who was completely unconscious was rushed to the nearby hospital by the passers by, but succumbed to the injuries,” the official said.
Ms Nath’s family has blamed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for her death alleging that the civic body had denied permission to cut the tree that fell on her. “Locals demanded that BMC cut it since several months, but the official ignored our request,” said Kanchan’s husband Rajat Nath.
He said that he will sue the BMC for “criminal negligence.”
The husband said a local man named Avinash Pol had made a proper application to the civic authorities in February this year to cut the tree as it was not in good condition and had even deposited the fees of Rs. 1,380 towards the cost of cutting the tree with the Garden Department. But in vain.
The authorities have ordered inquiry into the incident.
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