BENGALURU: Almost 10 days after a 30-year-old woman’s body was recovered near Byappanahalli railway station, police on Sunday tracked down her relatives in Ejipura and handed over the body to them. Police said Tika Devi Bhujel had been run over by a train. Her family members, however, said there was no way the woman, who was deaf, could have drifted so far from home. They alleged that she had been murdered.Tika Devi, who was from Darjeeling in West Bengal, had lived with her cousin Munna and Munna’s husband Subash in Ejipura for more than a year. Munna and Subhash are street vendors who sell momos in Koramangala. Tika Devi went missing on May 31 and her relatives filed a complaint with Viveknagar police on June 1. According to Munna, Tika Devi was at home when she left for work around 4.30pm on May 31. When Munna returned at 10pm, Tika was missing as were her personal possessions like her clothes and toothbrush. Munna and Subash searched the neighbourhood but to no avail and filed a police complaint the next day. Police on Sunday located Munna and Subash and told them that Tika Devi’s body had been found near Byappanahalli railway station, almost 10km from Ejipura, on June 1. Investigators checked surveillance footage from the scene and found that Tika Devi had been wandering alone in the vicinity with a bag. They suspect that she did not hear the sound of an approaching train and was fatally struck while crossing the tracks. But family members told police that Tika Devi never went out on her own. Munna said Tika Devi did not have any friends in Bengaluru and did not know the city well. “We don’t know how she managed to get to Byappanahalli railway station,” Munna said. “We planned to visit our hometown on June 21.” She told police that she suspected Tika Devi had been murdered.
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