Kondappagiri Madhukar Reddy, the man accused of brutally assaulting 47-year-old Jyoti Uday at an ATM in Bengaluru in November 2013, has revealed shocking details during the investigation. His confession states that he even managed to fool the police who were looking for him when they showed him his own picture after the assault.
“I was sleeping in my room in the Common Bed Lodge in Hindupur at night when policemen came and asked me questions about why I was staying there. I had shaved my hair and the police did not recognise me. I told them that I was waiting for a bus to board the next day. The policemen went away. I left Hindupur and went back home to Madanapalli the next day,” Reddy’s procured confessions states.
Reddy’s confession is part of the 217-page charge sheet filed by the police on July 13 with the 6th ACMM Court.
The SJ Park Police had registered an FIR against Reddy for attacking Jyoti Uday at an ATM kiosk in NR Square on November 19, 2013.
Reddy, who hails from Maddulapuram village in Andhra Pradesh, allegedly escaped from prison in Kadapa in 2011 where he was to serve a life term after being convicted for murdering his cousin Anand Reddy by hurling two crude bombs at him.
After escaping from prison, Reddy is said to have waited tables at Minerva Hotel in Hyderabad. In 2013, he visited his parents, who were working as janitors in a hospital. When his parents expressed their disappointment in him, he vowed to become rich.
Reddy went to a gift shop and bought a toy gun and spent Rs 200 to buy a machete in another shop. In early November 2013, Reddy had an altercation with a man at a bar in Jadcharla. He claims to have followed the man after the fight and attacked him with the machete.
Soon after, he decided to come to Bengaluru to allegedly make money by stealing valuables. Reddy landed up in Bathalapalli village as he did not have enough money for food and travel. He claims to have entered the house of a woman after asking for water.
“I locked the door and when she came back with the glass of water, I pointed the machete at her and asked her to give me all her valuables. When she refused, I hacked her in the face and neck with the machete. I took her earrings, ATM card and passbook. I went to an ATM and withdrew Rs 3,000 from that card,” Madhukar Reddy’s confession reads.
After a five-day stay at a hotel in Bathalapalli, he boarded a train to Bengaluru. When he arrived at the railway station, he slept on the platform as he had only Rs 200 left with him. Within a few hours, Reddy spent his money on food and alcohol. He began walking around the city and even begged for money on the streets. On November 18, 2013, he decided to steal money from people who enter ATM kiosks.
On November 19, 2013, he was waiting near the Corporation Bank ATM in NR Square when he saw Jyoti Uday enter the kiosk. He barged in, rolled down the shutter and threatened her with his toy gun.
“She told me that even if I harmed her, she would not give me her money. I squeezed her neck and demanded money. She told me that she would rather die than give into my threats. That’s when I hacked her head and neck with the machete. I wiped my bloody hands with her scarf, took her mobile phone, Rs 200 and her ATM card and fled,” Madhukar Reddy’s confession reads.
Reddy then boarded a bus to the Kempegowda Bus Stand, removed her SIM card and left it in the bus before getting off. He then threw the ATM card in the bus stand and decided to return to Andhra Pradesh.
From the Railway Station in Majestic, he boarded a train to Hindupur and there he sold Jyoti’s phone for Rs 500 and took up a room at a lodge.
“I had only Rs 500 with me. I rented a room at a lodge in Hindupur. The video of what happened inside the ATM kiosk was playing on all news channels. I got scared. I changed from my bloody clothes to new ones and went to a saloon nearby and got my head shaved. I decided to stay at another lodge and leave the next day,” the confession statement reads.
It was that very night that Reddy managed to hoodwink the police. He claims that two policemen came to him and showed him a picture. The picture was a screengrab from the CCTV footage collected from the ATM kiosk. In it, Madhukar Reddy was attacking Jyoti Uday. Reddy managed to fool the cops and escape arrest. He then fled and went back to Madanapalli, his home town, and hid the machete in his backyard.
The charge sheet says that Reddy took his bloody clothes and disposed them at a forest near Ernakulam in Kerala. After a brief stay in Kerala, he returned to Hyderabad and is said to have killed at least two others before he was picked up for hacking a senior citizen in her home by the Chittoor police. It was upon this arrest that Reddy confessed to attacking Jyoti Uday too.