ATM Attack: Sleuths Back With No Leads - The New Indian Express

ATM Attack: Sleuths Back With No Leads

Published: 14th December 2013 08:51 AM

Last Updated: 14th December 2013 08:51 AM

Police teams that scoured Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for the mugger who attacked Jyothi Uday have returned empty-handed.

The department’s top brass recalled the teams nearly a month after the ghastly attack when it became apparent they were making no headway.

On November 19, bank manager Jyothi was brutally attacked after she entered an ATM kiosk to withdraw money. The mugger slashed her face and head with a machete, causing her severe injuries. He was then tracked to Andhra Pradesh, where he sold her cellphone. He has eluded police since the recovery of the phone.

Bangalore police teams are resting and senior officers are trying to think up a new

strategy.

Despite investing considerable time and effort, they have not been able to identify the criminal.

“We carried out a house-by-house search in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. But he managed to elude us,” an officer who was part of the team explained.

The sketches and video footage have not helped either.  Siddaramaiah, ACP of the Ulsoor Gate sub-division, admitted the investigations had run into a block, but was confident the attacker would be caught.

Discharge Next Week

Jyothi Uday, who was brutally mugged inside an ATM kiosk near the BBMP head office in Bangalore, has recovered from shock and can now watch TV.

She has come out of depression and is back to her cheerful self. Her recovery has been faster than her doctors had anticipated.

Speaking to Express, Dr N K Venkataramana, chief of neurosurgery, BGS Global Hospitals, said she was keen to get back to normal life and work.

“She has shown 80 per cent recovery from paralysis and her right hand is getting back to normal. She will be discharged next week,” he said.

Jyothi is exercising her hands and legs. In the evenings, she plays with her daughter, the doctor said. 

The ATM kiosk where Jyothi Uday was attacked on November 19 has become a tourist spot of sorts.

BMTC bus drivers and conductors passing by routinely point to the kiosk and announce its significance. Regular passengers talk about it to their neighbours.

“After the attack, people feared to come in at night,” a guard said. People now step in gingerly, comforting themselves that the victim was attacked but not killed. They are visibly relieved once they complete the transactions.

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