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A lumberjack went out on a limb by allegedly trimming trees without a safety harness and paid for it with his life. He fell from the tree branch he was cutting and died on the spot. The police have denied that the woodcutter was working with a safety harness.

The incident took place on July 15, near Five Gardens in Matunga East. Before and during the monsoon, the BMC often hires contractors to trim trees around the city to prevent branches and trunks falling on the road. The victim, Abdul Rehman Khan (37), was working for one such contractor on Saturday morning, trimming a massive branch on a Gulmohar tree on Adenwala Road.