Brussels: The Infosys employee who was missing since the Brussels twin bombings on 22nd March has been confirmed to have died in the attack.
Raghavendran Ganeshan was an employee of Infosys from Bengaluru who was in the Melbrick metro station in Brussels at the time of the terror attack. He was missing since the attack and has been confirmed to be dead on Monday. His family as well as Infosys had spoken to the media and had expressed concerns over his whereabouts.
"It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of our colleague Raghavendran Ganeshan in the terrible attack in Brussels," the IT major said in a statement here.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ganeshan's family and those who were injured or lost a loved one in the terror attacks," the statement by Infosys noted.
The 28-year-old India-born techie was said to be in a metro train on that fateful day 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. Ganeshan’s last known call location had been reported by the Indian Embassy in Brussels to have been the Melbrick metro station.
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Ganeshan’s death is the first confirmed Indian death to be recorded from the Brussels terror attack. It is not yet known if his body has been identified, but the nature of the incident and the sheer number of casualties are probably factors that have gotten in the way of the identification, causing the confirmation of the death to have taken so long.
Ganeshan’s family had travelled to Brussels from Karnataka in the aftermath of the attack. There are no reports yet on their return or the repatriation of Ganeshan’s mortal remains.
External Affairs Minister 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.
"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," the Infosys statement 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.