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Modi pays homage to terror victims at Brussels metro station
March 30, 2016

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, Capital of Belgium, on Wednesday to pay homage to the victims of last week's terror attacks, who also included one Indian. Three other Indians were also injured in the attacks on the metro station and the airport.

Earlier, Modi had in a statement saluted the spirit of the Belgian people and expressed solidarity in their fight against terrorism.

Over 35 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the bomb attacks on the metro station and the airport in Brussels.

The Indian who was killed, Raghavendran Ganeshan, an Infosys employee stationed in Brussels, was reported missing for several days after the terror attacks on the Metro station last week and was confirmed dead this last 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 transferred to Schiphol international airport in Amsterdam from where it was flown to his native place in Chennai, India. He was cremated on Tuesday.

Infosys had 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.”

Raghavendran's phone call records had indicated that he was travelling in the city metro at the time of the explosions. He was at the Montgomery metro station just before 9 am on the fateful day. The blast at the Maalbeek 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. Raghavendran’s younger brother Chandrasekar Ganeshan works as a software engineer in Germany. Raghavendran has been working for a Belgian telecom firm for the past few years. His wife and a newborn baby live in Chennai.

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