A 44-year-old woman is critical at a hospital after she was allegedly attacked and robbed inside an ATM booth in Bangalore at 7 am on Tuesday.
According to reports, the CCTV footage of the ATM showed the attacker entering the booth, repeatedly attacking the woman with a machete, robbing her and then escaping from the site. There was no security guard at the Corporation Bank ATM booth.
The victim, who is a bank manager by profession, was admitted to BGS Hospital in a critical condition. Doctors said her CT scam showed a fractured skull.
"She has got paralysis on the right side of her body. There is a brain injury as well," said a doctor treating the woman.
"The victim is a brave woman. I congratulate her for trying to resist the crime. We will record her statement as soon as she is in a condition to talk," Bangalore Joint Police Commissioner Kamal Pant told reporters.
"We repeatedly tell banks to deploy security guards inside ATM booths. Police can't go and stand in front of ATMs. ATM is a part of the bank and hence it's the bank's duty to protect its customers," he said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) issued a statement saying 24x7 security is a must at all ATM booths.
"There is clear directive. All banks are duty bound to provide round the clock, 24/7 security at ATMs," said the IBA statement.
--IBNS (Posted on 21-11-2013)