Brussels Attacks: Family joins hunt for missing Mumbai techie

Mar 27, 2016, 08:15 IST | Sadaguru Pandit

With no news of Bhayandar resident Raghavendran Ganesan, an Infosys employee who has been missing since the terror attack took place on the Brussels metro, his family has set out to the Belgian capital

Family and friends of Bhayandar resident Raghavendran Ganesan are grasping at straws. With no news of the 31-year-old Infosys employee, who has been missing since Tuesday when a terror attack took place on the Brussels metro, they have flooded social media platforms with prayers for his safety and set out to the Belgian capital.

(Left to right) Mother Annapoorni, wife Vaishali, Raghavendran, father Chengalvarnayan and brother Chandrasekar

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. The explosion left at least 20 dead. “We have tracked his last call in Brussels. He was travelling in the metro rail,” Swaraj had tweeted.

The Ganesans’ home in Bhayandar. PIC/DATTA KHUMBAR
The Ganesans’ home in Bhayandar. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

On Saturday, his father, Ganesan Chengalvarnayan, and mother Annapoorni reached Brussels, where they joined their younger son, Chandrasekar Ganesan, who was there earlier to keep tabs on the search for Raghavendran.

Indian Embassy officials in Belgium told sunday mid-day that there is no trace of Raghavendran as of now. “His parents and brother are here and officials are trying to locate him. Local disaster management officials have not found his name on any hospital admission list or any other list of casualties. Efforts to find him are still on,” said an official.

Raghavendran, who had been working in Infosys’ Brussels office for four years, is fondly remembered by friends and neighbours as a “quiet, studious and focused boy”. Raghavendran had married Vaishali in May 2014.

A neighbour said the family had left for Brussels in a hurry. BS Yadav, a neighbour, said, “They participated in society functions and talked to everybody. We hope they find Raghavendran soon.”

Bhagat Mahala, a friend from Raghavendran’s alma mater St Francis School of Bhayandar, said his school friends were locating old contacts to try and see if anyone knows where he may be.

When mid-day contacted Chandrasekar, he refused to comment, requesting privacy.

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