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Mumbai Taj hostages freed, Ratan Tata slams attacks

Mumbai Taj hostages freed, Ratan Tata slams attacks
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First Published: Thu, Nov 27 2008. 03 25 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Nov 27 2008. 03 25 PM IST
New Delhi: Maharashtra state police chief A N Roy said on Thursday that the hostage situation had ended at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, but that there were still apparently hostages in the Trident/Oberoi.
“People who were held up there, they have all been rescued,” Roy told the NDTV news channel. “But there are guests in the rooms, we don’t know how many.”
Roy said some people were still apparently being held hostage at the Trident/Oberoi Hotel.
“That is why the operation is being conducted more sensitively to ensure there are no casualties of innocent people.”
Meanwhile, Ratan N Tata, Chairman Tata Sons and Chairman, Indian Hotels Co Ltd that owns the Taj group of hotels came out with a statement.
“The terrible wanton attacks last night on innocent people and the destruction of prominent landmarks in India deserve to be universally condemned. My sympathies and condolences go out to all those who have suffered, been injured, and those who have lost their loved ones in this terrible act of hatred and destruction.”
“We cannot replace the lives that have been lost and we will never forget the terrifying events of last night, but we must stand together, shoulder to shoulder as citizens of India, and rebuild what has been destroyed. We must show that we cannot be disabled or destroyed, but that such heinous act will only make us stronger. It is important that we do not allow divisive forces to weaken us. We need to overcome these forces as one strong unified nation,” he said.
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First Published: Thu, Nov 27 2008. 03 25 PM IST