While speaking to ANI in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow on January 31, the DGP of UP OP Singh spoke on children kept as hostage at a house in Farrukhabad on January 30. He said, "The operation ran for around 8 hours. We tried to engage him constructively through talks but we got information that he had firing capability and there was possibility that he had explosives in his possession." "He was threatening to carry out a blast," UP DGP added. A man held 23 children as hostage at a house in UP's Farrukhabad. When police arrived for rescue, he opened fire and threw a hand grenade on them. The person had invited the children to his house, on his daughter's birthday.