The wife of the hostage-taker in Uttar Pradesh late on Thursday has been stoned to death by the villagers in Farrukhabad. The Uttar Pradesh Police had shot dead Subhash Batham, who had taken 23 children hostage. The entire drama played out over 10 hours after which the children were rescued.
Subhash Batham, a murder accused out on bail, got the children to come to his house on the pretext of a birthday party for his year-old toddler and then refused to allow the 23 kids to go home. Subhash was accused in a 2001 murder and was said to be an aggressive man.
On Thursday, he invited some children to his home in order to celebrate his daughter’s birthday. Later, he locked the door and held everyone at gunpoint. After a few hours, when the children did not return to their homes, their parents came to Batham’s house and knocked on his door, realizing that something was wrong.
After Batham started shooting at the villagers, they called police. When the police arrived, Batham threw a crude bomb at them. Commandos of the Anti-Terrorism Squad were deployed to rescue the children along with the police.
Police tried to control the situation by asking him to surrender but Batham refused to free the children which is when police suspected he was drunk. At last, the police decided to attack him and entered the house.
Eyewitnesses said Batham shouted his innocence and said he has been accused of something he never did. But on failing to get him to surrender, police had to shoot Batham dead. As the villagers saw his wife running from the spot, they started pelting her with stones and bricks and the mob thrashed her. The police managed to take her to the hospital but she died on Friday morning due to her injuries. Police were certain that she knew of Batham’s plan.