Tirupati: More than three years after the sensational attack on a 38-year-old Malayali woman in an ATM kiosk in Bengaluru, the assailant was nabbed Saturday in his native Chitoor District in Andhra Pradesh during a routine police operation to trace absconding criminals, police said.
43-year-old history-sheeter Madhukar Reddy, who escaped from a hospital in Kadappa in 2011 while serving a life sentence for a murder and allegedly committed the ATM crime two years later, was arrested in Nimmanapalli near Madanapalli, about 120 km from here, a top district police official said.
Reddy was spotted by a special police team tracking criminals who went underground, Superintendent of Police Ghattamaneni Srinivas told reporters in Chittoor, around 70 kms from here.
During interrogation, Reddy confessed to the brutal assault on Jyothi Uday, a Corporation Bank official, inside the ATM kiosk on November 19, 2013 when she was repeatedly attacked with a machete, with the chilling crime caught on CCTV, the SP said.
The accused allegedly told the police that he had also murdered two women in Andhra Pradesh and a sex worker in Hyderabad, he added.
The ATM incident had triggered widespread outrage as the woman, an employee of Corporation Bank, was left paralysed on her right side following the gruesome attack, which brought to fore safety issues with the government directing banks to shut down unguarded booths.
In the early morning attack, the woman was initially threatened by the assailant not to raise an alarm. He had later shoved her down and hit her repeatedly with a machete as she resisted. She was hospitalised for three months.
After the gory attack, the video footage had showed the attacker cleaning the machete of blood with the woman’s napkin, taking away her phone and leaving the kiosk after pulling down the rolling shutter.
After committing the ATM attack, Reddy had worked as a painter at some places in Kerala and in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, the SP said.
He had been suffering from some blood related ailment in one of his legs and had been in Chittoor district for the past few weeks for treatment, Srinivas said.
Karnataka Police had launched a manhunt for the assailant but without any success in the past three years.