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India police hunt Bangalore ATM machete attacker

  • 20 November 2013
  • From the section India
CCTV footage of the man attacking Jyothi Uday in a cash machine kiosk in Bangalore, 19 November 2013
The man fled after taking the woman's belongings

Police in the Indian city of Bangalore are hunting a man who brutally attacked a woman in a cash machine kiosk.

Jyothi Uday, a bank manager, was about to withdraw money when a man entered, pulled out what looked like a pistol and asked her to withdraw cash.

When Ms Uday resisted the man pulled out a machete and attacked her, leaving her bleeding from head injuries.

CCTV footage shows the man taking her bag and leaving the kiosk after pulling down the shutters.

Police have formed three teams to hunt down the robber, Bangalore-based journalist Habib Beary told the BBC.

"It's a shocking incident. We have set up teams to catch the assailant," Karnataka Home Minister KJ George said.

Ms Uday lay injured for nearly three hours before pedestrians noticed blood flowing out of the kiosk and called the police.

"She was unconscious when police arrived. Surprisingly, the robber did not take away the jewellery she was wearing," Ms Uday's husband told reporters.

The police took her to a local hospital, where she is recovering from her injuries.

CCTV footage shows a young man entering the kiosk early on Tuesday and pulling the shutter down from inside.

He then threatens Ms Uday with what appears to be a pistol - police said it was not clear whether it was a real one.

When Ms Uday refuses to take money out of the machine, the man pulls a machete from his bag and strikes her head.

As Ms Uday collapses in a corner, bleeding profusely, the man rummages through her bag, takes her belongings and leaves the kiosk.

The robbery has shocked residents of the city, which is home to a number of multinationals and considered the information-technology hub of India.

There are some 140,000 cash machines in India, and many of them are unguarded.

"It is not mandatory to provide security to cash machine kiosks. The banks take a call on where to provide security," Bharat Panchali, head of an organisation responsible for security of banks told the BBC Hindi.

Attacks against women have sparked nationwide protests in India and forced the authorities to introduce tougher laws for crimes against women.

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