Journalist Sabina Saikia dead, say colleagues

November 29th, 2008 - 4:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Sabina Sehgal Saikia, a senior journalist with the Times of India who was trapped on the sixth floor of the Taj Hotel, has died, her friends confirmed Saturday.Sabina, consulting editor with the TOI and a noted food critic, had been SMSing her family and friends till past Wednesday midnight, after which they lost contact with her.

A massive fire has gutted major portions of the floor she was in. Till late Friday night, her husband Shantanu Saikia, who is also a journalist, was “hoping against hope” that she would be found alive. But that was not to be.

Sabina leaves behind her husband and two children - a daughter aged 14 and son aged 11.

She had texted her husband for the last time at 2 a.m. Thursday to say she was trapped inside a bathroom.

Sabina had gone to the hotel late Wednesday to attend a wedding when terrorists stormed the hotel, firing at guests and holding several hostage. The standoff between the terrorists and security forces ended Saturday morning.

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