A day after Hindustan Times reported about Antara Telang (18), who had her right leg amputated after a tree branch fell on her, the civic body has initiated an inquiry into the incident. Antara’s friends have also started campaigns for regular tree pruning.
“I will instruct my garden superintendent to visit the spot on Tuesday and conduct an inquiry into why such an accident occurred. We will take steps to ensure it never happens again,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner, who heads the gardens department, which is responsible for pruning trees in the city.
On July 24, the FYBA student from St. Xavier’s College was walking home when she decided to have a corn. The branch of the peepul tree, which was badly in need of a trim, fell on her as she was buying the corn.
“The civic body failed in its duty. We will take up this issue at the next ward-level meeting,” said civic activist G.R. Vora on behalf of residents of F-north ward, which includes Sion where Antara lives.
Legal activist Shirin Bharucha said a Supreme Court order states that such victims must be compensated. “We will read the order and give her compensation,” Gupta said.
Antara’s college mates have started a Facebook campaign and plan to send letters to the civic body. “The letters should move the officials into ensuring it's the last time such an accident occurs,” said Sadia Zafar, Antara’s friend from Xavier’s.