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‘No hostages at Taj hotel, no talks with terrorists’


Mumbai : Nearly 16 hours after the first gunbattle broke out between security forces and terrorists in south Mumbai, Maharashtra Director General of Police A.N. Roy Thursday said there were no hostages in the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, and there were no talks with militants.

“Till now five terrorists have been killed and nine suspected people have been arrested. The situation at the Taj hotel is under control. There is no hostage-like situation there,” Roy told reporters.

“As of now there is no demand from militants. There are no talks with them. Either they will be arrested or killed,” he added.

Earlier in the day, gunshots rang out at the Taj hotel where security forces battled terrorists holding hostages after a night of terror that left 101 people dead and over 250 injured in India’s financial capital.