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No hostages alive at Taj Hotel: NSG

Vicky Nanjappa in Mumbai | November 29, 2008 12:41 IST

The siege at Taj Hotel may have ended, but unfortunately none of the hostages in the building have managed to survive.

An NSG source told that by the time siege ended the NSG had managed to kill the terrorists holed up in the hotel, but could not save the hostages.

The senior NSG official said they were still not sure as to how many hostages were inside the hotel. It could be around 20 to 25, he added.

The terrorists had used the hostages as a human shield and were killing them one by one.

The last of the hostages was killed on Saturday morning, he said.

Meanwhile, the sanitation process is still on at the Taj. Search for bodies and possible survivors, if any, continues to take place. A message picked up from the wireless frequency indicated that some of the doors in the hotel were jammed.

Several dignitaries, including Tata group chairman Ratan Tata and Zee group honcho Subhash Chandra, visited the site. Subhash Chandra said the scene inside the hotel was very sad and it gave the feeling that the country was not safe.

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