Mountaineer dies in road accident

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:32, Aug 07,2020 | Updated: 00:44, Aug 08,2020


Reshma Nahar Ratna

Young mountaineer Reshma Nahar Ratna was killed after a microbus collided with her bicycle on Lake Road near the Jatiya Sangsad in Dhaka on Friday morning.

Reshma, 33, was also a teacher of Ayub Ali Government Primary School behind the Dhaka New Market in Dhanmondi and she was a resident of Mirpur in the capital.

The incident took place at about 9:00am, said Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station inspector (investigation) Abul Kalam Azad.

The officer said that Reshma was cycling in the area while a microbus hit her bicycle and drove away.

Pedestrians took took her to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital where doctors declared her dead, said the officer.

He also said that the body was kept at the hospital morgue for post-mortem examination.

‘We are working on to identify the microbus,’ said the officer.

Reshma’s friend Eliza binte Elahi said that she was mountaineering for last four to five years and had completed mountaineering training in India.

Reshma also attended mountaineering campaigns in Nepal, India and Kenya.

She completed trainings at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarakhand of India, said her local trainer Mir Shamsul Alam Babu.

He said that Reshma was planning to climb Mount Everest.

She climbed over 6,000 feet at Ladakh in India few months ago.

Besides mountaineering, she has got interests in marathon and cycling, said Reshma’s brother-in-law Mohmmad Monir Hossain.

He also filed a case over the accident with the police station.

Monir said that Reshma bought the bicycle last month on her birthday and she often went for cycling.

Reshma went to Hatirjeel to participate in a half- marathon on Friday morning.

She was returning to her home at Mirpur riding the bicycle as she had an online meeting at 9:30am, said Eliza.

Inspector Azad said that they were collecting close circuit camera footage of the area to trace out the vehicle involved in the accident.

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