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Owners of Mumbai's Taj hotel set up victims' trust fund

The owners of Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel, which was stormed by Islamist militants, set up a welfare trust to help victims of the devastating attacks.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2008 12:58 IST

The owners of Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel, which was stormed last month by Islamist militants, said they have set up a welfare trust to help victims of the devastating attacks.

Indian Hotels Co Ltd said the move followed the "outpouring of emotional support from well wishers in India and across the globe, both for the restoration of the hotel and to offer relief to those affected by the attack".

The Taj Public Service Welfare Trust aims to provide "immediate relief" to all victims of the attack and the families of those killed from all the sites targeted in the city.

"This trust will continue to discharge its mandate in the coming years, specifically covering relief to victims of sudden acts of violence, natural disasters and other tragic events that inflict damage to life and property," the company added in a statement issued late on Sunday.

A total of 172 people were killed in the November 26-29 attacks, including nine of the 10 gunmen, and nearly 300 people injured.

The waterfront Taj Mahal hotel one of Mumbai's most recognisable landmarks was under siege for 60 hours and was badly damaged by fire, water and shooting. Its modern Tower wing is to reopen for business this weekend.

The state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the main city, has previously announced compensation of 500,000 rupees (10,400 dollars) to the families of those killed and 50,000 rupees for the injured.