Man shot dead in hostage drama

The Citizen (KZN) - - World - Luc­know

– 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. –

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