Hyderabad-based biker Sana Iqbal who rode 38,000 kms across India, was killed in a car accident in the early hours of Tuesday.
Speaking to TNM, Narsingi SI Sudheer Kumar said, “The incident occurred in the wee hours of Tuesday at 4 am. The accident took place in the road between Kali Mandir and Langer Houz. Nadeem, her husband who was driving the car (Fiat Punto) rammed into an electric pole. 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 had two broken ribs.”
"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," he added.
30-year-old Sana was well known among the rider community and had undertaken several rides across the country, for causes that she believed in.
In November 2015, Sana set off on a solo journey on her Royal Enfield Bullet Electra that spanned 38,000 km across India, on an 'anti-suicide' mission, after she battled depression herself.
"It's a wonderful feeling, and I have covered 38,000 kilometers in India, all the states and union territories. So it's a fantastic experience. Wherever I went, I met a lot of people who were very helpful, who really wanted to, you know, do something for the betterment of the society. I mean, I just came across a lot of positivity wherever I went," Sana told ANI after her return in June last year.
"There are two options: one is, we discuss an issue but don't do anything constructive, only keep pointing out the negativities. The second option is when people choose to correct the wrongs. So that's exactly what I thought. I love riding. I was interested in it. I thought, if I ride and someone is benefited because of it, then why not," she added.
Sana was best known along with her riding, for her motivational speeches. Her fan base stretched across India, and also across the globe.
Her personal slogan that she always advocated was, "Suicide is NOT the solution."
Sana had said that she had been riding bikes since she was in Class 7.
Even before her death, one of the last messages posted by Sana on her Facebook page was, "While I was on my ride and studying about suicide statistics, I had realized that the ratio of men committing suicide is three times more when compared to women...Gender equality cannot be attained by placing women over men. It's time to take EQUALITY literally."
Several people took to social media to express their grief.