Bangalore ATM attacker was involved in murder of a woman in Andhra Pradesh, South India

After the brutal attack on a woman few days back that shook the nation, sources have said that the assailant is a repeat offender. He is believed to be involved in brutally battering a middle aged woman in an ATM kiosk in Bangalore on Nov.19th.

In the latest development, Andhra Pradesh PSU bank officials on Sunday claimed to have possibly spotted the unidentified assailant in Andhra Pradesh (AP), using the debit card of a murdered woman.

The bank officials in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district 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 absconding man had attacked a woman at an ATM in the Ananthpur district in Andhra Pradesh and stolen two ATM cards from her on November 11. The woman later succumbed to injuries at a hospital.

Later that week he came to Bangalore and brutally assaulted a woman at an ATM. He stole three cards from her and also a mobile phone which he sold later for Rs 500.

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.

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.

CCTV footage of a man resembling the attacker of a woman bank officer at an ATM kiosk

CCTV footage of a man resembling the attacker of a woman bank officer at an ATM kiosk

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.

“During our investigation we found that the attacker is also involved in a murder case in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh. We haven’t been able to identify the identity of the person yet. However, we are working with the Andhra Pradesh police,” said Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar

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.

Bangalore Police has announced an award of Rs 1 lakh (GBP 1000) for anyone who gives information on the accused.

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.

Bangalore ATM attacker was involved in murder of a woman in AP

Bangalore ATM attacker was involved in murder of a woman in AP

Reports said the assailant had sold the victim’s mobile handset to a cell recharge shop at Hindupur in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, about 100 km north of Bangalore. “We learnt from our counterparts in the neighbouring state that the mobile recharge shop owner bought the handset from a person whose identity he did not know. The buyer is being interrogated to ascertain the whereabouts of the attacker,” Auradkar said.

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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