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MPs escape terrorist attack in Mumbai

It was a narrow escape for four MPs, who were having dinner at the Taj Hotel, when the terrorists struck the luxury establishment on Wednesday night.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2008 11:13 IST

It was a narrow escape for four MPs, who were having dinner at the Taj Hotel, when the terrorists struck the luxury establishment on Wednesday night.

Bhupendrasinh Solanki, BJP MP from Godhra in Gujarat, N N Krishnan Das of CPI(M) from Palghat in Kerala, Mani Tripathi, a BSP parliamentarian from Uttar Pradesh and one more MP from Maharashtra were visiting the metropolis as members of the Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation.

Solanki, who also witnessed the 2001 Parliament attack, said he had checked into the hotel at around 6 PM along with 15 officials and the MPs and came down to the ground floor from the room three hours later to have dinner.

"We were in the dining hall at Taj hotel. All of a sudden some terrorists came in and started firing. I heard the loud sound of blasts and bullets," Solanki told PTI.

He said the firing was rapid and they mistook it for crackers.

"The waiters told us that it seemed to be a terrorist attack. The senior staff then took all of us to the back of the hotel. We were in the swimming pool area and were asked to lie on the ground".

Solanki said all the MPs and Parliamentary officials were holed up on the floor for some 60 to 80 minutes before being taken to safety through a rear door of the hotel.

"I left the hotel at around 11 PM. Then I was taken to nearby police station and spent the whole night there. I was present when the terrorists attacked Parliament on December 13, 2001 but I think it is the biggest terror attack in the country," he said.