A former Doordarshan anchor, who was taking a morning walk near a road close to her housing society, in a freak mishap, died after a coconut tree fell on her. The incident which took place on Thursday was captured by a CCTV camera installed at a nearby shop and the video went viral.
Kanchan Nath, 58, who had sustained severe injuries after the tree fell on her, died on Saturday morning, confirmed her husband Rajat.
The footage shows Ms Nath, who also taught yoga, collapse after a coconut tree suddenly came crashing down on her during the walk. At the spot the passers by gathered and pulled her out from under the tree.
"The incident took place on Thursday when Ms Nath was on a morning walk in Chembur and the tree came crashing down on her that left her severely injured," said a police official attached to Chembur police station.
"Nath who was completely unconscious was rushed to the nearby hospital by the passers by, but succumbed to the injuries," the official said.
Ms Nath's family has blamed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for her death alleging that the civic body had denied permission to cut the tree that fell on her. "BMC cut it since several months demanded by the locals, but our request is ignored by the official," said Kanchan's husband Rajat Nath.
He said that he will sue the BMC for "criminal negligence."
He said, "As the Chembur police did not register an FIR over my allegation of criminal negligence, it was a double jeopardy for me. But myself and the students of my wife are determined to pull the civic body to the court."
To cut the tree that took away my wife's life but the civic officials denied permission, said Rajat. Local corporator Asha Marathe, meanwhile, has written a letter to deputy municipal commissioner to initiate an inquiry into the matter and take action against the responsible civic official.