Mumbai woman killed in tree fall: Husband demands FIR against BMC officials
Even though the owner of the plot had been asking the BMC to trim the tree, the ward officer had said the tree was safe and had even given it to the owner in writing.mumbai Updated: Jul 25, 2017 10:43 IST
Two days after 57-year-old yoga teacher and former Doordarshan anchor Kanchan Nath died after a tree fell on her in Chembur, her husband has asked the police to register a case of criminal negligence against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials.
Rajat Nath, in a written application to the police, demanded that an FIR be filed against Deepali Kaur, the horticultural assistant of M-West ward. Nath said even though the owner of the plot had been asking the BMC to trim the tree, Kaur had said the tree was safe and had even given it to the owner in writing. The civic body then inspected and decided on pruning some of the branches of the dead tree instead of cutting it.
“If only the BMC paid heed to the application and cut the dead tree, I would have not lost my wife,” said Nath. “Someone should be held accountable for this negligence. Instead of a case of accidental death, an FIR for culpable homicide should be registered,” said Nath’s lawyer S Balakrishnan.
Kanchan was crushed by the tree on her way home from her yoga classes. She was in a coma for two days and succumbed to her injuries on Saturday. She is survived by her husband, a daughter and a son.
“My wife was going to visit her daughter in Bangalore, who is nine-months pregnant, to take care of her,’’ said Rajat Nath, grappling with the sudden loss.
He said it will give the family some peace if the BMC accepts responsibility for this accident.
Residents said several complaints were made to the BMC about dangerous and dead trees in the neighbourhood.