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India: Kidnaps 23 children by inviting them to a fake holiday, executed by police

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A person who held 23 children hostage after inviting them to a fake party he organized for his daughter was killed by police in northern India, according to a report by local authorities.

During a press conference, authorities described how Subhash Batham invited the children to his home in the village of Kasaria in Farrukhabad, on the pretense that he would organize a party for his 1-year-old daughter, but then locked the children inside the house.

The children who were taken hostage were around the age of 10, CNN writes.

The Director General of Police said he was executed by police during a child rescue operation involving the anti-terror team.

The mortgagor demanded a lump sum of money for each child, 10 million Indian rupees or $ 140,000, and dropped all charges against him.

Police negotiated eight hours for the rescue of the children but then they found out that the hostage taker had weapons and explosives. The only way to save the children was to execute him, police said at the end of the statement.

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