Teen loses leg after branch falls on her
Antara Telang (18) would not have lost her leg had Mumbai's civic body and residents of suburban Sion's Bansari Bhavan society been more alert about the branches of the peepul tree in the building compound. Sayli Udas Mankikar and Kunal Purohit report.Updated: Aug 16, 2010 22:59 IST
Antara Telang (18) would not have lost her leg had Mumbai's civic body and residents of suburban Sion's Bansari Bhavan society been more alert about the branches of the peepul tree in the building compound.
A huge branch, hanging precariously over Road no. 15, fell on the first-year BA student from St Xavier's College as she stood under it to buy a cob of corn from a vendor on July 24.
The teenager was crushed by the branch and had to have her right leg amputated; her left leg is fractured.
"It was my daily route from GTB station to my house. I felt like having a corn cob so I stopped and ordered it. The next thing I remember is waking up in hospital with a mutilated leg," said the teenager.
On Monday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation initiated an inquiry into the matter.
"I'll instruct my Garden Superintendent to visit the spot tomorrow, conduct an immediate inquiry into why such an accident occurred…Once that is done, we'll take steps to ensure that it never happens again," said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Aseem Gupta who heads the gardens department in charge of tree pruning in the civic body.
A bleeding Antara was rushed to Sion hospital by Jayant Bhatia, a tea stall owner who was nearby. He also called up Antara's mother Anjani (44), a teacher at Bombay Scottish, who had to give the doctors the go-ahead to amputate her daughter's leg.
"It could have been avoided if the tree had been pruned properly," said Anjani.
Antara's sister Meghana (14) is upset that the tree has still not been trimmed.
"It has been three weeks and apart from clearing the fallen branch, the other weak branches are still hanging on the tree," she said.
First Published: Aug 16, 2010 01:39 IST