Police in India have shot dead a man holding around twenty women and children hostage at his house in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
The police action came after a ten-hour standoff with the hostage-taker, state officials said on Friday.
The hostages who were held at gunpoint were safe, a local official told Reuters after the raid.
The hostage taker was serving a life sentence for murder and was out on parole, the official said.
Two policemen and a villager were injured in the rescue operation.
A police source said that after the siege, a group of angry villagers stormed the house where the children had been held captive and attacked the hostage-taker’s wife.
The woman died from her injuries early on Friday.
The abduction took place after the man had invited some children and women from the village to his house, saying he was throwing a birthday party for his daughter.
Reuters quotes a police spokesman as saying the captor’s motive for holding the children was not clear.