Police could not trace till Saturday the microbus that hit and killed mountaineer Reshma Nahar Ratna when she was cycling at the Lake Road near Jatiya Sangshad on Friday morning.
Investigators said that they had formed several teams and had been collecting and watching closed-circuit television camera footages of different areas in the city to identify the microbus, but were yet to have any positive results.
Witnesses told investigators that it was a black Hiace microbus that had hit and dragged Reshma’s bicycle away towards the exit point near Ganabhaban at around 9:00am on Friday.
Reshma, 33, was also a teacher of Ayub Ali Government Primary School behind the Dhaka New Market.
The mountaineer was buried at her village at Lohagara of Narail on Saturday morning, said Reshma’s brother-in-law Mohmmad Monir Hossain.
She was the youngest among seven siblings and lived in Mirpur of the capital, said family members.
Monir filed a case with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station on Friday afternoon over the incident.
He said that Reshma was vocal against unsafe road transport system in the country on social media and used to ride bicycle as it was pollution free.
Investigation officer of the case Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police sub-inspector Mobarak Ali said that several police teams had been collecting CCTV footages from areas near the Ganabhaban exit points and Asad Gate intersection, Kalabagan, New Market, Mohammadpur, Shyamoli, Kalyanpur, and Gabtali for tracing the routes through which the microbus had fled.
Reshma had completed trainings at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarakhand of India, said her local trainer Mir Shamsul Alam Babu.
He said that Reshma had been planning to climb Mount Everest.
She had climbed over 6,000 feet at Ladakh in India few months back.
Besides mountaineering, she had interests in marathon and cycling, said Reshma’s brother-in-law Monir.
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