Mumbai: Kanchan Nath, a former TV anchor who worked with India’s official TV channel Doordarshan was killed when a tree toppled over her, injuring her seriously. Later she succumbed to her injuries in a local hospital.
The entire incident that was captured on a CCTV camera installed in a bar showed complete sequence of event as to how it happened.
The 58-year old woman who worked in Mumbai suburb of Chembur as a Yoga instructor was reportedly returning to her home when the incident reportedly happened.
This is not the first incident of its kind in India’s financial capital. Tree falling and people dying is not a very uncommon scene here in Mumbai and this year alone, it is third such death.
Reports while describing the sequence of event suggest that a coconut tree snapped from its trunk and fell on her as she walked down on Sant Venkaiah Marg. The incident took place Thursday at around 8 am. The city has been experiencing torrential rains in the last few weeks. The woman who had got off a bus and was going to her home in Prawasi Housing Society near Swastik Park , was struck when an upper portion of the coconut palm came crashing down in an instant.
The woman can be scene collapsing under the heavy tree in the clear CCTV footage that is going viral since then. Some good Samaritans removed the tree from her and took her to a nearby hospital, where she died after two days.
The former TV anchor and face of a ‘Pradeshik Sangeet’ show on the state-run broadcaster, was an avid yoga enthusiasm and her interest in yoga made her leave her job at the state broadcaster to where her interest was.
Her husband held the BMC responsible for his wife’s death. “In February, the owner of the bungalow, Avinash Pol in whose compound the coconut tree stood had complained to the BMC that the tree may collapse. Officials from the tree department visited the place, inspected the tree and said it was fine and fit and hence there was no need for chopping it”, he was quoted by the Times of India as saying.