Man holds children hostage after luring them to birthday party in India

Man holds children hostage after luring them to birthday party in India

The man had invited some children and women from the Indian village to his house, saying he was throwing a birthday party for his daughter.

The hostages who were held at gunpoint were safe, principal secretary home Awanish Kumar Awasthi said after the raid at the house in a village in Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh state.

The hostage taker was serving a life sentence for murder and was out on parole, he added.

It was noted Indian police shot dead a man holding around 20 women and children hostage at his house after a 10-hour standoff. Two policemen and a villager were injured in the rescue operation.

After the siege, a group of incensed villagers stormed the house where the children had been kept and attacked the hostage-taker’s wife, Awasthi said. The woman died from her injuries, Reuters reported.

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