Senior journalist feared trapped in Mumbai hotel

November 28th, 2008 - 12:47 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) Sabina Sehgal Saikia, a senior journalist, is feared to have been trapped inside the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, which has been targeted by terrorists, her husband said Thursday. Saikia, a consulting editor with the Times of India, had gone to the hotel late Wednesday to attend a wedding.

“It was 2 a.m. when she last interacted with me. She texted on my mobile that she was trapped inside a bathroom. She happened to be in one of the corner rooms of the sixth floor of the Taj hotel,” Shantanu Saikia, her husband and also a journalist, told reporters here.

“Her phone is coming out to be switched off now. However, some analysis done by the mobile service provider Airtel shows that the last signals from her phone were picked up from Raigarh (in Chhattisgarh), which is seven hours away from here,” he added.

“I am not sure how her phone reached there - either it was stolen or taken away from her.”

“We are not losing hope and believe she will come out hale and hearty,” he said.

The Saikias have two children - a 14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.

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