More than five months after a woman was attacked in an ATM kiosk in Bangalore, the accused remains at large as Bangalore and Andhra Pradesh police have failed to find any crucial leads to nab the attacker – despite CCTV footage from the ATM providing visual images.
Bangalore city police have now formed a new team in hopes of nabbing the man who attacked Jyothi Uday, 44, an employee of Corporation Bank.
The attack grabbed national and international attention after CCTV footage of the incident was broadcast on television channels. The victim, who resisted the attack and suffered temporary paralysis after being viciously hit on her head, returned to work last month after recovering from her injuries.
A police officer who is a part of the investigating team said Bangalore police had not been able to find any clues to lead them to the attacker. The fact he was not using a mobile phone has starved the probe of information that could lead to his identification and arrest, the police official said.
“We are making continuous efforts to catch him. The Andhra Pradesh police, especially Ananthapur district police, are also making efforts to nab him by circulating handbills with CCTV grabs of the suspect’s face in the hope that the public may help nab the accused,” the police official said.
Sources said a police team rushed to Dharmavaram, Cuddapah and other places recently after receiving some information about the attacker but the lead turned out to be false.
Jyothi Uday was attacked by the man wielding a machete around 7 am on the morning of November 19, 2013 in a Corporation Bank’s ATM kiosk near NR Square in Bangalore.
Investigations by Bangalore police led to the discovery that the man was also involved in the killing of a woman in Ananthapur to steal her ATM card and withdraw money.
Bangalore police have announced a Rs 5 lakh reward for the arrest of the ATM attacker while Andhra Pradesh police have announced a Rs 2 lakh reward for information leading to his arrest.