Brussels Attacks: Missing Infosys techie from Mumbai confirmed dead
31-year-old Infosys employee and Bhayandar resident Raghavendran Ganesan, who has been missing since March 22 when a terror attack took place on the Brussels metro, is dead, the Indian Embassy in Belgium confrimed on Monday.
(Left to right) Mother Annapoorni, wife Vaishali, Raghavendran, father Chengalvarnayan and brother Chandrasekar
Belgian authorities have identified Raghvendran as one of the victims of the terror attacks, the Indian Embassy said.
A week after the terror assault shook the Belgian capital, also the headquarters of the European Union, the Indian Embassy there and the Ministry of External Affairs today confirmed the death of Raghavendran Ganesh.
"The Belgian authorities have identified Raghavendran as one of the victims of the barbaric terror attacks of March 22," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
The Indian Embassy in Brussels said the mortal remains of Raghavendran are being handed over to his family for being taken to India.
In a statement issued in Bengaluru, the IT major said: "It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of our colleague Raghavendran Ganeshan in the terrible attack in Brussels."
The techie was said to be in a metro train on March 22 when the Maelbeek metro station in the Belgian capital was rocked by an explosion, in which at least 20 people died and many were injured.
RIP Raghvendran!The Belgian authorities hv identified Raghvendran as 1 of d victims f barbarian terror attacks of March 22.@SushmaSwaraj 1/2— India in Belgium (@IndEmbassyBru) March 28, 2016
Offering her "heartfelt condolences" to the bereaved family, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that his mortal remains were being handed over to the family in Brussels.
"I am deeply pained to inform that Brussels authorities hv identified Raghavendran as one of the victims of terror blasts in Brussels. Unfortunately, he was travelling in the same coach of the metro in which the suicide bomber blew himself up," she posted.
Sushma Swaraj had tweeted on March 23 that Ganeshan's last phone call was traced to the metro in which he was travelling when terror struck the main metro station in that city.
The Infosys statement noted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Ganeshan's family and those who were injured or lost a loved one in the terror attacks."
"We will continue to provide all possible support to Ganeshan's family in this hour of grief and request the privacy of his family during this difficult time," it added.
The company learnt from a tweet Sushma Swaraj posted on March 22 that she spoke to Ganeshan's mother Annapoorni and assured her of all help in tracing her son then.
It is also learnt that Ganeshan spoke to his mother in India an hour before blasts ripped the Brussels airport and the metro rail station.
At least 35 people were killed and over 300 wounded after two bombs exploded at Brussels Airport and one at Maelbeek metro station in the Belgian city.
Raghavendran's last known location, as tweeted by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, was the metro in Brussels which was ripped in the blast. "We have tracked his last call in Brussels. He was travelling in the metro rail," Swaraj had tweeted.
On Saturday, his father, Ganesan Chengalvarnayan, and mother Annapoorni had reached Brussels, where they joined their younger son, Chandrasekar Ganesan, who was there earlier to keep tabs on the search for Raghavendran.
Ganesan has completed his education from St Francis School of Bhayandar where his friends remember him as a quiet, studious boy, focused in his own work.
Raghavendran, who had been working in Infosys’ Brussels office for four years, had married Vaishali in May 2014.