Woman dies after coconut tree falls on her

The victim was identified as Kanchana and she is said to be a former TV anchor. DH

The victim was identified as Kanchana and she is said to be a former TV anchor. DH

Mumbai, July22:A woman in Mumbai's Chembur area was killed after a coconut tree collapsed on her. The incident was captured on a CCTV camera near Chandrodaya Society in Swastik Park. The incident happened in Chembur on Thursday, July 20. "Nath who was completely unconscious was rushed to the nearby hospital by the passers by, but succumbed to the injuries this morning", the official added. She died of her injuries this morning.

In the video, Kanchan Nath is seen wearing a blue t-shirt and black pants, when without warning, the tree comes crashing on her.

Kanchan'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.

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"It was a double jeopardy for me as the Chembur police did not register an FIR over my allegation of criminal negligence".

But local ward representative corporator Asha Marathe said permission was not given because officials found the tree in good condition after an inspection.

On February 17, a citizen identified as Avinash Pol, had filed an application to have the tree cut down and even deposited a fee for the action, NDTV reported. She has also demanded an inquiry against them. The woman was a Yoga instructor. "Due to the torrential rain in the last two days, the tree's roots got weak and it fell", he said. He said officials had been informed about the weakened and wavering tree that could fall anytime, but they had allegedly refused to cut it.

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