Had BMC taken the complaint of cutting down the dead coconut tree seriously, this woman wouldn’t have lost her life. Little did she know that her routine morning walk would end up taking her life in a blink of an eye.
KanchanNath (58), an ex-Doordarshan anchor and now a Yoga instructor was taking her usual morning walk on 20 July, when a coconut palm fell on her and crushed her to death. She succumbed to her injuries on 22 July after being in the state of coma for two days.
The Vasant Park police station is now refusing to file an FIR against the BMC who refused to cut the tree despite a request being filed for the same in February this year.
The incident was captured on a CCTV camera which showed Nath collapsing straight after the coconut tree fell on her. However, people present at the moment pulled her from under the tree as soon as possible but couldn’t save the innocent soul.
Her husband, RajatNath is looking forward to suing the BMC under the chargers of criminal negligence. However, the police haven’t even considered filing an FIR.
He feels only the BMC is to blamed for this tragedy. “In February this year, the owner of the tree had approached the BMC with the request to cut it down because it was a dead tree. However, they refused and simply trimmed the branches. Due to the torrential rain in the last two days, the tree’s roots got weak and it fell,” he said.
He adds that the owner showed him all the paperwork that was submitted to the municipality regarding the matter. “He had paid Rs 1,380 for the cutting,” he said.
Who else do you think is responsible to this if not BMC?