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Infosys employee Raghavendran Ganeshan missing in Brussels blasts confirmed dead
March 28, 2016
NEW DELHI: Raghavendran Ganeshan, the Infosys employee, who had been reported missing since the terror attacks on the Metro station and the airport in Brussels, Capital of Belgium, last Tuesday, was confirmed dead on Monday. Ganeshan's body was handed over to his parents and brother, who reached Brussels. Manjeev Singh Puri, India’s Ambassador to Belgium, said the body was being transferred to Schiphol international airport in Amsterdam from where it would be flown to Chennai, India. It was being escorted by the police to the Belgian border.

Infosys said in a condolence message, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Raghavendran’s family and with those who were injured or lost a loved one in these attacks.”

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Indian Embassy in Belgium to provide help to the family of the Tamil Nadu resident, Raghavendran Ganeshan, to locate him.

Raghavendran's phone call records indicated that he was travelling in the city metro at the time of the explosions. There are also reports of his friends getting messages from him on the social media that he was safe.

He was at the Montgomery metro station just before 9 am on the fateful day. The blast at the Maelbeek Metro Station that falls after Montgomery occurred a little after 9 am. The blast at the station that followed the terror attacks at the airport killed 20 people.

“We have tracked his last call in Brussels. He was travelling in the metro rail,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted on Thursday.

Raghavendran’s younger brother Chandrasekar Ganeshan, who works as a software engineer in Germany, had also joined the search operations. Raghavendran has been working for a Belgian telecom firm for the past few years.

There were around 200 people injured in the blasts and admitted in various hospitals. Their identities were not disclosed till over the weekend. Hundreds of passengers were still stranded at the airport till after several days. Two Jet Airways crew members were also injured. The Indian Government assisted Jet Airways to evacuate the stranded Indian citizens over the weekend.

The Belgian Police have arrested eight people in connection with the airport and metro suicide bombings in Brussels.

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