On Friday morning, Liyana Tripura Popy, a 23-year-old student and beauty parlour employee, was killed when a vehicle ran over the rickshaw carrying her, and her colleague Srabanti Tripura on Road No 79 at Gulshan
The Lexus SUV was seized from the parking lot of a commercial building in Mohammadpur on Saturday morning, but there has been no trace of the driver since he fled the scene the day of the accident, investigators claimed.
On Friday morning, Liyana Tripura Popy, a 23-year-old student and beauty parlour employee, was killed when a vehicle ran over the rickshaw carrying her, and her colleague Srabanti Tripura on Road No 79 at Gulshan. Both were critically injured and taken to a private hospital, where Liyana was declared dead.
Liyana, the second of three siblings, moved to Dhaka four years ago, and managed to get a job at a beauty parlour in Gulshan two years ago. She was a second year student at Bandarban Government College.
Liyana’s younger brother Joyonto Tripura filed a case over the incident with Gulshan police station.
Sources at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) confirmed that the black SUV, registered as Dhaka Metro Gha-130902, is registered with business firm A N Corporation.
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Gulshan police station Sub Inspector (SI) Robiul Haque, investigation officer of the case, said they had seized the vehicle, but failed to make an arrest as the vehicle had been abandoned at the commercial building.
“The search for the driver is underway,” the SI said.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka Tribune correspondent visited the location where the SUV had been abandoned and confirmed that the driver fled the scene after parking the vehicle at the garage.
The office of A N Corporation is in the same building.
Md Mainuddin, marketing officer at the company, said the SUV is owned by their company and used for official visits.
“A driver called Nur Alam was driving the car when the accident took place. We are trying to contact the driver, but his mobile number has been switched off since the accident took place. We are trying to bring him back via unofficial channels, and we will hand him over to police if he can be brought back,” he added.
Meanwhile, the body of Liyana was cremated at Catholic Church in Thanchi Sadar upazila in Bandarban, her brother and plaintiff of the case Joyonto said.
Expressing immense disappointment with the lack of arrests, Joyonto claimed that the police were not taking the matter seriously and this may be an attempt to shield the person who was behind the wheels of the SUV.
“All we know is the vehicle has been seized and there is no trace of the driver. We believe police can arrest him if they really want to,” said Joyonto.