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Wife of UP Hostage-taker Lynched by Locals After Cops Kill Husband; Couple's Daughter Among 23 Kids Rescued

By: Qazi Faraz Ahmad

News18.com

Last Updated: January 31, 2020, 12:03 IST

At the site of the hostage situation in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh.

At the site of the hostage situation in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh.

The woman was severely thrashed and hit with stones by angry locals and was later rushed to a hospital in critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries.

Farrukhabad: The wife of the man who had taken 23 children hostage died after being thrashed by locals in Uttar Pradesh's Farrukhabad. The woman was severely thrashed and hit with stones by angry locals and was later rushed to a hospital in critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries.

“The woman has succumbed to injuries. We are waiting for the post mortem report to ascertain the reason behind her death,” IG Kanpur Mohit Agarwal said.

The man, Subhash Batham, had invited the children to his daughter's birthday party and then held them hostage. They were rescued late on Thursday night after police killed the captor in the village.

The hostage drama began at Kasaria village in the afternoon and continued for about eight hours.



"The accused was killed and there were about 23 children who were rescued safely," Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi told reporters at a hurriedly called press conference at 1.20 am.

"The accused had invited the children for the birthday party of his daughter and held them hostage. It started about 5.45 pm on January 30 and continued for about eight hours," Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh said, adding that in the entire operation they had tried to "engage" the accused and were successful.

He said the accused, identified as Subhash Batham, had initially released a six-month-old girl by handing her over to his neighbour from a balcony.

Eyewitnesses said a restive crowd gathered outside the house where the children were kept with some women wailing and praying for their safe release.

The crowd broke open the door of the house to rescue the children, they said.

As the accused opened fire, the police retaliated killing him on the spot. In the exchange of fire, the captor's wife was injured, but none of the children suffered any injury.

A man and two policemen also suffered bullet injuries. The motive of the accused was not known immediately.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath monitored the situation in Farrukhabad, which is nearly 200 km from state capital Lucknow.

"The CM as soon as he got to know about the incident called a meeting of crisis management group and personally monitored the situation and ensured children are rescued safely," Awasthi said.

Earlier, a team of NSG (National Security Guard) commandos had taken a special aircraft to reach Farukhabad, a senior security official in Delhi said.

Police said Batham, a murder accused, seemed to be mentally unstable.

Inspector General of Police, Kanpur Range, Mohit Agarwal, said, "The man called the children for a birthday party and held them hostage in the basement of the house. He fired six shots from inside the building."

Batham initially wanted to talk to the local MLA, but refused to speak to the leader when he arrived, Agarwal said.

(With Inputs from PTI)
first published:January 30, 2020, 21:14 IST
last updated:January 31, 2020, 12:03 IST