Zee Media Bureau
Bangalore: In the latest development, Andhra Pradesh PSU bank officials on Sunday claimed to have possibly spotted the unidentified assailant, who had brutally battered a middle aged woman in an ATM kiosk here on November 19.
The assailant of the brutal ATM attack incident could be involved in murder case of another woman, sources informed today.
The bank officials in Andhra Pradesh`s Anantapur district today said to the police that they have a CCTV footage of a man resembling the attacker of a woman bank officer at an ATM kiosk in Bangalore.
The footage, captured on November 11 and 12, shows the man bearing a striking resemblance with the attacker of the Corporation Bank officer Jyothi Uday.
The man was seen withdrawing money on two occasions from the ATM of the bank in Kadiri town of Anantapur, police said.
He was wearing the same shirt and also carrying the same bag as was seen in the footage of the gruesome attack at the ATM kiosk, police said quoting the bank officials.
"The bank authorities have informed us that the man (in their ATM CCTV footage) bears a resemblance to the accused wanted in connection with the attack on a woman in a ATM kiosk in Bangalore. We are in the process of collecting footage," a senior police officer said.
The matter is being further verified as the Bangalore assailant is also suspected to be behind the murder of an elderly woman in Dharmavaram town of Anantapur on November 10 and then using the ATM card of her son and withdrawing amounts from the ATM centre in Kadiri town, the officer explained.
Apart from Andhra Pradesh Police, a team of Bangalore police is also in touch with the bank officials, he said, adding that no one has been arrested so far for the Bangalore and Dharmavaram incidents.
"As of now there is no evidence to connect this man (shown in the Kadiri ATM) of having a role in Dharmavarm murder incident, but we are further investigating all angles," according to the officer.
Around 4-5 teams of Bangalore police were trying to trace the assailant and on November 20 picked up a man from Hindupur town of Anantapur to whom he allegedly sold the mobile phone handset of the victim.
In the barbaric ATM attack incident, Jyothi Uday, 38, manager at Corporation bank`s Mission Road branch, was attacked by an unidentified assailant with a machete inside her bank`s ATM kiosk.
The ATM kiosk, unguarded at the time of incident, is located just metres away from a police station.
The assailant had hit the victim on her head and ran away with cash (Rs 2,500) and her mobile.
The woman was rescued by some passers-by after noticing blood coming out of the kiosk, whose shutters had been downed by the assailant before he fled.
The woman had undergone a three-hour long surgery. Paralysed on her right side, the bank official is right now recovering in the hospital where she was admitted after the attack.
Earlier, during the investigation, Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar had said, "Police officials have been dispatched to different locations to track down the assailant, who cannot be a first timer."
Cops on Friday had announced a reward of Rs one lakh to anyone providing information leading to the assailant`s arrest.
With PTI inputs