A 44-year-old woman bank manager was attacked at an ATM in the heart of the city Tuesday by a man wielding what appears like a toy gun and a machete, robbed of her valuables and left unconscious and bleeding for nearly three hours inside as he pulled the shutters of the facility down before fleeing.
The violent robbery took place at the Corporation Bank ATM at NR Square near the city corporation headquarters shortly after 7 am. The victim, Jyothi Uday, is a resident of Rajarajeshwari Nagar and the manager of Corporation Bank’s service branch on Mission Road, a short distance from the ATM where she was attacked.
Video footage from the CCTV camera inside the ATM facility showed a well-built young man sporting a thin beard entering the facility at 7.09 AM, shortly after Uday.
He pulls the shutter down from inside, trapping Uday inside and proceeds to threaten her with what appears like a toy pistol he is carrying in a cloth bag. After brandishing it for a while, he pulls out a machete from the bag and threatens her, pushing her into a corner.
When Uday refuses to comply with his demand to withdraw money, the attacker delivers blows on her head with the machete, leaving her bleeding and unconscious in a corner.
The attacker then goes through her bag and grabs her wallet, mobile phone and ATM card before leaving the ATM facility at 7.14 AM - pulling the shutter down behind him.
Uday was discovered around 10.30 am by bank officials who arrived and lifted the shutters, SJ Park police said. After regaining consciousness in hospital, Uday told police that the man hit her after she refused to withdraw money for him from the ATM.
Police said they are studying the CCTV footage and have formed teams to nab the attacker.
“She is in shock but out of danger. We have formed two teams to nab the attacker,” said Ulsoorgate ACP Siddaramaiah.