In wake of horrific attack on woman in Bangalore ATM by machete-wielding man, govt orders crackdown on banks

Written by PTI | Bangalore | Updated: Nov 21 2013, 03:34am hrs
Bangalore ATMGeorge said more than 600 of the total 2,580 ATMs in the city have no security guards. (Video grab)
Jolted by the brutal attack on a woman by a machete-wielding man at an unguarded Bangalore ATM here, Karnataka government today bluntly told banks to close down such kiosks unless they provide security.

As the shocking episode continued to grab media attention in Bangalore and across India, with the CCTV footage of the gory act being beamed into homes and offices on TV and the net, Home Minister K J George held a high-level meeting to discuss measures to curb such incidents.

George said more than 600 of the total 2,580 ATMs in the city have no security guards.

"We want them to deploy security guards immediately or close down the things until suitable arrangements have been made... that's why the Police Commissioner (Raghavendra Auradkar) will take appropriate action," he told reporters.

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He said a committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) has been formed which would hold discussions with managements of banks and law department for drawing up guidelines vis-a-vis ATM security in the interest of customers.

Bangalore ATM attack victim paralysed right side, hunt on for attacker

A woman bank official brutally attacked on the head by a man with a machete at an unguarded ATM kiosk here was left paralysed on her right side, as police intensified its hunt today for the assailant whose gory act caught on CCTV footage sparked an outrage.

The 38-year-old official with the Corporation bank was recovering from a "long surgery" and she was able to speak, Dr N K Venkataramana, who performed the operation at the BGS Global Hospital, told reporters, a day after the attack.

He said her skull was fractured and a small piece of bone had gone into the brain, causing a "penetrating injury" and added that she had been paralysed on her right side.

"We have taken all precautions and are closely monitoring her condition. Hope everything will go well... she is able to speak", the doctor said. There was no danger to her life now, he said.

Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar, who visited the victim, said she was recovering and speaking.

He said police officials were being sent to different districts and states to track down the assailant, "who cannot be a first timer".

Auradkar said police had two rounds of meetings with banks on the issue of security at ATM booths earlier and given strict guidelines to them.

In a gruesome attack at the ATM kiosk near a police station in the heart of the city yesterday, the woman was repeatedly hit with the machete by the assailant, leaving her in a pool of blood for nearly three hours before the incident came to light when two school children saw blood stains and informed a policeman who shifted her to hospital.

The assailant had attacked her after entering the ATM booth closely following her and downing the rolling shutter when she refused to draw money and hand it over to him, police said.

After the attack, caught on CCTV, he had walked out of the kiosk downing the shutter and taking away her mobile, leaving the bleeding woman in a serious condition.