Bangalore ATM attack: police trace victim's cellphone; detain one

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bangalore
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  • Updated: Nov 21, 2013 21:23 IST

Bangalore Police on Thursday claimed that they have made a breakthrough in the ATM attack case, in which a woman was brutally beaten up and left bleeding by a man, and said that they have detained a person.

Police said that Central Crime Branch officers detained the person from Andhra Pradesh and are tracing the main accused, who they say is hiding in the state.

The accused sold the mobile phone of the victim to this person, police said. They did not give any detail about the detained person.

Police traced the mobile phone and nabbed the person. They are now interrogating him.

The 44-year-old victim Jyothi Uday, a manager at the state-run Corporation Bank's branch on Mission Road, sustained grievous head injury and suffered partial paralysis, doctors said on Wednesday. She will take six months to recover, they added.

"The victim (Jyothi) is recovering from severe injuries on the head and face, and has suffered heavy loss of blood," BGS Hospital chief neurosurgeon NK Venkataramana said.

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The entire episode was caught on the CCTV camera installed inside the kiosk.

The footage obtained from the bank shows the unmasked assailant entering the kiosk, as Jyothi is seen in front of the machine to draw cash, and threatening her after downing the shutter from inside.

"As seen in the footage, the assailant took out a country pistol and a machete from a shoulder bag and asked Jyothi to draw cash from the ATM. When she tried to escape, he pushed her into a corner and hit her on the head and face with a machete. After checking her bag, he left the kiosk, again pulling down its shutter from outside," said deputy commissioner of police (DCP) DC Rajappa.

She was found unconscious in the blood-stained kiosk nearly three hours after the assailant escaped with her cash (Rs. 2,500) and a mobile handset. The attacker is still at large.

The victim was shifted to BGS Hospital late on Tuesday from the state-run Nimhans Hospital for an emergency surgery to remove a bone piece from her brain, as her skull was fractured in the deadly assault.

"Jyothi's body is paralysed on the right side because of the injury to her brain, and she has partially lost sensory perception after the blood clot in the head. Full recovery will take four to six months, as the clot has to melt from the affected area," Venkataramana said.

Police registered a case under section 397 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deals with attempting to cause death or grievous injury while committing robbery or dacoity.

VIDEO: Attack on women inside ATM Kiosk in Bangalore


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