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Indiscriminate Killing and maiming of people was the order of the day in the city where John lived. When the terrorists were looting public's valuables by threatening them at gun point, John rushed to the spot to resist them. In the melee, one of the terrorists beat him black and blue and stabbed in the back. During confrontation, John had to buy the farm. The police left no stone unturned to track down John’s address. The police came to know that he was staying with his friend, Ramesh, in a small room. Finally, they caught hold of Ramesh to find out John's mother’s address. The police immediately rushed to his mother’s house to inform about his departure. When the police broke the news, the mother broke down, and struggled hard to hold back tears.
The idiom "bought the farm" is probably not appropriate to your story. Yes, the meaning is correct, but the usage is out of place. A more straight forward "he died" or "was killed" would be stronger.
What you describe is a criminal riot, not terrorism. Attacks by terrorists are less personal (not stabbings), more indirect (extreme violence through bombings), and are not motivated by robbery. Think of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. A victim of terrorism is more likely to be caught unaware by the violence than to rush to resist them.
The sentence, "Finally, they caught ... ," is awkward.
Break down and hold back tears is contradictory. You might, at first, struggle to hold back the tears, but then you break down (begin to sob, to wail).
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