Bangalore ATM attack victim recovering, assailant not ‘first timer’

Doctors said on Wednesday that the woman, who was attacked inside an ATM kiosk here last evening, remains critical but stable and has suffered a brain injury.

Zee Media Bureau

Bangalore: A doctor said on Wednesday that the woman, who was attacked inside an ATM kiosk here last evening, remains critical but stable and has suffered a brain injury.

Speaking to the press, Dr NK Venkataramana, who performed the operation at the BGS Global Hospital, said that the woman - Jyothi Uday, 44 - has a fractured skull, as shown by a CT scan.

She has got paralysis on the right side, and has also suffered a brain injury, he added.

The bank official is recovering from a "long surgery" and she was able to speak, Dr Venkataramana said further, adding a small piece of bone had gone into the brain causing a "penetrating injury".

"We have taken all precautions and are closely monitoring her condition. Hope everything will go well... She is able to speak", the doctor said. There was no danger to her life now, he added.

He said her skull was fractured and added that she had been paralysed on her right side.

Jyothi, a manager at Corporation Bank`s Mission Road branch, was attacked by an unidentified assailant with a machete inside her bank`s ATM kiosk, police said.

The ATM kiosk, unguarded at the time of incident, is located just metres away from a police station on the ground floor of the LIC building diagonally opposite the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike head office in the Corporation Circle.

As per police, the assailant hit the victim on the head and ran away with her cash (Rs 2,500) and mobile.

Passers-by rescued the woman after noticing blood coming out of the kiosk, whose shutters had been downed by the assailant before he fled.

The police have intensified their hunt for the assailant.

Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar, who visited the victim, said officials have been dispatched to different locations to track down the assailant, "who cannot be a first timer".

Deputy Commissioner of Police DC Rajappa had said yesterday, “We have registered a case under section 397 of the Indian Penal Code for attempting to cause death or grievous injury while committing robbery or dacoity and formed a special team to nab the assailant at the earliest.”

The attack was captured by a CCTV camera. The footage shows the unmasked assailant entering the kiosk when Jyothi was before the ATM to draw cash, and threatening her after pulling down 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 to a corner and hit her on the head with a machete. After checking her bag, he left the kiosk by again pulling down its shutter from outside," Rajappa informed.

"As the assailant did not wear any mask and is clearly seen in the footage, we have circulated his photo to all police stations and check-posts to trap him before he gets out of the city. We are hopeful of cracking the case," Rajappa added.

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