Lack of records on the assailant proving a hurdle

A week after the brutal attack on a Corporation Bank manager at an unguarded ATM kiosk on November 19, the police remain clueless.

Eight special teams are camping in different parts of the State and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, but little headway has been made so far.

A senior police officer, who is supervising the investigations, said since the accused was a “fresher”, who does not have a long history of crime, there are no records available at the crime records bureau. This has made it difficult trace him, he said.

The accused had attacked the victim, Jyoti Uday, when she was withdrawing money at the ATM kiosk, a stone’s throw away from a police station.

The police tracked the cellphone to a second-hand mobile dealer from Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh who had purchased it off the accused.

Though the police managed to get his image on the CCTV footage and finger prints, it did not yield results as there is no record available to match his description, the police said. This has left the police with no option but to wait for him to use the ATM cards which he had robbed from Ms. Jyoti.

However, police officials who are on his trail said the accused might have changed his appearance after being alerted by extensive media coverage.

Since he is on the move, shuttling between different cities, it is further delaying investigations, the police said.

Meanwhile few bankers have approached the City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar on Tuesday seeking extension of the deadline imposed for deployment of security personnel at ATM kiosks. This came in the backdrop of 1,137 ATM kiosks being locked up by the police due to inadequate security.

The bankers have appealed to Mr. Auradkar that it would take time to install CCTV cameras and alarms, as they need to call for tenders. However, Mr. Auradkar said he would discuss it with senior officials.

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