Zee Media Bureau
Bangalore: Three days have passed, but the whereabouts of the assailant, who brutally assaulted a woman bank official with a machete at an unguarded ATM kiosk here on Tuesday night, is yet to be known.
Karanataka police chief yesterday said the attacker has been identified and efforts are on to catch him.
The police have detained one person from Andhra Pradesh after tracking putting Jyoti’s phone, which was stolen by the attacker. The arrested person is said to have bought the cellphone from the person, who attacked the 38-year-old bank official.
The Bangalore police picked up the man who was sold the phone from Hindupur last night and were further interrogating him with regard to the assailant after they recovered the mobile phone from him, according to a senior police official in Anantpur. The phone was snatched from the woman by the lone attacker.
The city police have rushed teams to neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu for help from its counterparts in tracing the accused, who appears to be between 25-35 years.
One of the eight special teams, set up to investigate the horrifying incident, is also on the lookout for another person who may have remained outside the state-run Corporation Bank ATM while the assailant was inside the kiosk attacking the victim.
The authorities in Karnataka have announced Rs one lakh cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the man.
An official of BGS Global Hospital, where the victim is recovering after being paralysed on her right side, Thursday said, "She is recuperating, but will take some more time to fully recover."
The woman`s skull was fractured in the attack and a small piece of bone had gone into the brain, causing a "penetrating injury" and she was paralysed on her right side, according to doctors.
"We are closely monitoring her condition. She is able to speak," the hospital official said.
Police set November 24 as the deadline for all banks to provide full security at their ATM kiosks across the city in wake of the brutal attack on the woman.
"We have set Nov 24, 4 pm as deadline for all state-run and private banks to deploy 24-hour security guards at their ATMs in the city, with functioning closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras inside and outside kiosks and a burglary alarm," city Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar told reporters.
The bank`s ATM kiosk is located on the ground floor of the Life Insurance Corporation building, diagonally opposite the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) head office in the Corporation Circle, and just about 200 metres from the Ulsoor Gate police station.