UP Hostage Crisis: All Children Rescued, Accused Killed

UP Hostage Crisis: All Children Rescued, Accused Killed

Twenty-three children aged between six months and 15 years, who had been taken to a hostage by a murder accused after inviting them to his daughter’s birthday party, were rescued late on Thursday night after police killed the Accused.

The hostage drama began at Kasaria village in UP’s Farrukhabad district, 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 urgent 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.

(DGP) O P Singh said, the accused had initially released a six-month-old girl by handing her over to his neighbour from a balcony.

Accused Subhash Batham fired from inside the house on those who tried to speak to him, police said, adding that a man and two policemen suffered a bullet injury.

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

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.

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