Biker Sana Iqbal, who was known for spreading awareness against suicide and depression through her solo bike expeditions across the country, died in a car accident on Tuesday. Sana and her husband Abdul Nadeem were heading towards their home in Tolichowki area of Hyderabad when it smashed into the median.
Reportedly, Nadeem lost control of his Fiat Punto and the car hit an electric pole. Sana died on the spot while her husband was admitted to a hospital and is undergoing treatment. She has left a 2-year-old son behind.
The police says that the accident occurred in the wee hours at about 4 am between Kali Mandir and Langer Houz. The News Minute reports Narsingi police station SI Sudheer Kumar saying:
“We don’t know if the accident was due to over-speeding, since there were no witnesses. She died on the spot, while her husband suffered two broken ribs.”
The sub-inspector added:
“The patrol vehicle saw the car later and called the ambulance and shifted her husband to hospital. A case under section 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life) has been registered. The body has been sent to Osmania General Hospital for autopsy.”
Meanwhile, as per a report by Deccan Chronicle, Sana Iqbal’s family has alleged that her death is being projected as an accident but is actually a murder. Reportedly, Sana had lodged a complaint against harassment in Humayun Nagar police station earlier but no action was take.
An advocate by profession, Sana’s mother Shaheen Khan claimed that Sana had problems in her married life. Shaheen Khan is quoted saying:
“Nobody took good care of her. Every day was a torture for her. On Saturday, she told me to get her out of the hell, but as I was travelling to Chennai, I told her I would settle the issue after coming back.”
The 30-year-old biker shot to prominence in November 2015 when she undertook a 38,000-km long solo bike ride across the length and breadth of the country on her Royal Enfield Bullet Electra on an ‘Anti- Suicide’ mission, after having recovered from depression herself.
She battled her depression 3 years ago when she rode her bike all the way to Gujarat with an intention of committing suicide. But the ride turned out to be the turning point of her life and changed her perception. She then took several other bike rides across the country and became a popular figure in the community of bike riders.
Apart from riding, Sana also delivered motivational speeches and advocated her “Suicide is NOT the solution” slogan. Her last message on Facebook was a beautiful one about gender equality.
The news of Sana’s death has spread like wildfire on the internet and people from all over the country have expressed their grief for Sana’s death and conveyed their wishes for the departed soul. Have a look at some of them below:
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— Paul C Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) October 24, 2017
Ride In Peace 🙏 R.I.P Sana Iqbal
She Met with an car accident with her husband at 4am at Narsinghi Gandipet road now at Olive hospital,,,, her husband NADEEM is fine . #RIP🙏🏻 😔😔 pic.twitter.com/ttcH8y6ynC
— Prasad Mahore (@prasad28049102) October 24, 2017
— xBhp (@xBhp) October 24, 2017
Honestly done with death copies. No more for a few days, please. 😐 https://t.co/E38Xj0HkuL
— Megha Varier (@varier_megha) October 24, 2017
RIP #SanaIqbal -you left us little early but your message will stay forever.
— Rishi Raj Manu Sethi (@rishirajsethi) October 24, 2017
— ell (@honeyviscous) October 25, 2017
R.I.P #SanaIqbal The Strong woman with a bike, flying all the way to campaigned against depression n suicide dies in a car accident’Praying
— Niket Starwings (@Niket_Wingman11) October 25, 2017