Man shot dead in hostage drama
– Police shot dead a man holding about 20 women and children hostage at his house in northern India after a 10hour standoff, state officials said yesterday.
The hostages, who were held at gunpoint, were safe, principal secretary home Awanish Kumar Awasthi said after the raid at the house in Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh state.
The hostage taker was serving a life sentence for murder and was out on parole, he added.
Two policemen and a villager were injured.
After the siege, a group of incensed villagers stormed the house and killed the hostage-taker’s wife. –