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Encounter still on at Taj Mahal hotel

india Updated: Nov 28, 2008 23:46 IST

As the grisly dance of death is played out by terrorists in Mumbai, the last of the militants holed up in Taj Mahal hotel kept crack commandos at bay engaging them in a fierce gunbattle tonight even two days after the attack that saw two luxury hotels bear the brunt.

Bodies of hapless victims--some of them hostages-- shrouded in white were being brought out from the Taj and Trident-Oberoi as the hotels became a mute witness to the unprecedented terror assault on their rich legacy by rampaging terrorists.

The heavily armed terrorist is reported to be holed up in the ballroom of Mumbai's iconomic landmark and remained elusive with police saying there was no let up in his aggressive stance with grenades being hurled at regular intervals setting off fire at different places.

Police said the militant appeared to have a huge stock of grenades.

Fresh gun shots rang and loud explosions rattled the Taj tonight as the pride of Mumbai took a heavy beating. There were also reports than more than one terrorist could be still in the Taj.

About 40 to 50 bodies were believed to have been recovered from the sea-front Taj hotel with commandos reporting that they saw around 15 bodies in one room alone.