Investigators probing the Bangalore ATM attack case narrowed down on a person from Nallacheruvu Mandal, accused of killing his wife way back in 2008 and out on bail, as the attacker who grievously injured the woman banker at the ATM kiosk.
After going through past criminal records and extensive searches in villages, police came across the murder accused from Cheruvugandla Palle village in Nallacheruvu Mandal.
Identified as Narayana Reddy, who looks similar to the ATM attacker caught on CCTV cameras, he is said to have visited the village frequently for the past few weeks.
This gave further credence to investigators who were sure the ATM attack accused hails from Anantapur and is roaming in the district itself.
Sources said Reddy’s mother passed away during his childhood and his father, Subba Reddy, married another woman.
“He grew up without proper parental care and is said to be mentally unstable,” a police officer said.
Reddy did not visit his father frequently and used to spend most of his time in Bangalore.
Police officials from Anantapur and Bangalore visited the village and inquired with locals about Reddy, his behaviour and recent visits to the village.
He had reportedly visited the village a couple of times in the past few weeks. It also came to light during inquiries that Reddy had visited Anantapur recently to attend a festival.
Sources said police are trying to match the fingerprints of Reddy, taken when he was arrested in the murder case, with those available from the ATM centre in Bangalore.
“If the fingerprints match, we can come to a conclusion about the accused which will make our job easy to some extent,” a police officer said.
Speaking to reporters, the accused’s father Subba Reddy said his son had visited him recently.