Farrukhabad Horror: Man kept 23 kids hostage; Cops rescue, Man and wife killed

A man kept 23 kids hostage for more than 9 hours in a house in Farrukhabad, the accused was killed by the cops and the woman was lynched by the villagers.

Uttarpradesh| After a 9-hour hostage crisis at Karthiya village near Farrukhabad in Fatehgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, police late Thursday night rescued all the 23 children, including a 6-month-old. The 38-year-old accused was shot dead, IG Kanpur Range Mohit Agarwal said.

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.

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Batham took around the children, along with a few women, in captivity earlier in the day after calling them home to celebrate his daughter’s birthday. They were held hostage in the basement of his house, Inspector General of Police, Kanpur Range, Mohit Agarwal told news agency PTI. Batham fired six shots from inside the building, he added.

The accused had thrown a letter from the house addressed to the DM stating he was allegedly denied housing and toilets as per government schemes. Earlier, his friend tried talking him out of the house but to no avail.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Fatehgarh, Tribhuwan Singh said, he had been convicted for murder but had got bail from the high court. He said they would have to check records to determine since when Batham had been on bail.

Batham had four cases against him, including murder. All four FIRs were filed at the Mohammdabad Police Station in 2001.

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