The Bangalore police have started a massive hunt for the man who brutally attacked a woman at a Corporation Bank ATM in the LIC building near NR Circle early on Tuesday morning. Police Commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar said eight teams had been formed to arrest the accused.
Auradkar,who visited the BGS hospital where the victim,Jyothi Uday,is undergoing treatment on Wednesday,said the 44-year-old,who was hit several times on her head with a machete,was recovering fast.
N K Venkataramana,vice-chairman of the hospital,said the attack broke the skull of Jyothi and a piece of bone pierced her brain. He said the bone was removed surgically and a plastic surgery was performed on her nose.
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She is stable, Venkataramana said.
Auradkar said the police had registered 32 crimes that took place in ATMs in the city this year and solved 28 of the cases.
We have conducted meetings on three occasions with bank officials to ensure security at ATMs. Some of them have followed our instructions and some have not, he said.
Meanwhile,Jyothi told the police the attacker spoke to her in Kannada. CCTV footage from the ATM has been shared with all police stations in the state. The police control room issued alerts through Wednesday over the wireless to keep looking for the attacker.
The police have also collected footage from a traffic enforcement camera at NR Square that has a view of the ATM and finger prints of the attacker and other evidence from the crime scene.
Sources said the family of the victim had denied personal rivalry with anyone. Home Minister K J George said gain,nothing else,was the motive behind the attack. Citing his behaviour during the robbery,the police claimed the attacker was a desperate man.