Rajni Yadav was off the drip in the hospital she had been admitted to as soon as she heard her husband was free.
"Thank god it's over," she said.
A traumatised Rajni had spent four days campaigning in Patna, urging Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take steps to free her husband, Police Sub-Inspector Abhay Kumar Yadav, from the Maoists' captivity.
Abhay was rumoured to have been killed a few days into the hostage crisis. Then, on Sunday, there were reports that he had been released. But he spent another day in captivity before he could meet Rajni and their four children.
On Monday morning, Rajni kept her mobile phone close to her ear, as Abhay's uncle Sambhu Yadav went to receive the freed hostages in Lakhisarai.
Thousands of people gathered at Rajni's home at Krishna Nagar in Khagaria district.
"We all prayed for his safe release," said Hukum Yadav (71), as garlands were thrown down on the cavalcade carrying Abhay that moved slowly towards the house.
At Mohanpur in Begusarai district, Abhay's father Anirduh and mother Naina sat outside their house, their eyes glued to the road that would bring their son home.
"We were never beaten by them," Abhay said of his shadowy captors.
"We were fed well."