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Brussels attacks: Mortal remains of Indian Infosys employee Raghavendran Ganeshan being brought back to India


India's ambassador to Belgium on Monday confirmed that Infosys employee Raghavendran Ganeshan, who went missing since the 22 March terror attacks in Brussels, was found dead. His body was found by Belgian authorities in the metro train at Molenbeek station where one of the bombs went off, reports said. His mortal remains are being brought back to India by his family.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over a memorial service for Ganeshan and other victims of the blasts in Brussels, reports The Times of India.

Modi had tweeted:

"What we dreaded the most has unfortunately come true. Belgian authorities informed the Indian embassy that Raghavendran Ganeshan was identified among the dead today. The body will be transported back to India via Amsterdam later on Monday evening. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family," NDTV quoted the Indian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU, Manjeev Singh Puri, as saying.

Infosys employee Raghavendran Ganeshan. Image courtesy: Twitter

Infosys employee Raghavendran Ganeshan. Image courtesy: Twitter

The mortal remains were handed over to Raghavendran's family — younger brother Chandrasekar and parents Annapoorni and Ganesan C — who are in Brussels, The Times of India reported. The body was at Belgium's military hospital and is being brought to India from Amsterdam, the report further added.

The Indian Embassy in Brussels and the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi confirmed the death of Raghavendran Ganeshan in the 22 March assault on the Belgian capital.

"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.

He said Ganeshan was a victim of the blast that took place in the metro at Molenbeek station in Brussels.

Swarup said, "If they are able to make it, the body accompanied by family, would be on flight from Amsterdam to Chennai via the Gulf tonight or tomorrow morning with Jet (airline) to India."

RIP Raghvendran!The Belgian authorities hv identified Raghvendran as 1 of d victims f barbarian terror attacks of March 22.@SushmaSwaraj 1/2

Two days after the attack, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said Ganeshan's last phone call was tracked to the Brussels metro rail. It was also learnt that Ganeshan spoke to his mother in India an hour before the blasts ripped the Brussels airport and the metro rail station.

"It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of our colleague Raghavendran Ganeshan in the terrible attack in Brussels. Our thoughts and prayers are with Raghavendran's family and with those who were injured or lost a loved one in these attacks.

"We will continue to provide all possible support to his family in this hour of grief. We would request the privacy of Raghavendran's family during this difficult time," an Infosys spokesperson said.

Infosys thanked the Belgian and Indian authorities for their support over the past few days. Ganeshan hailed from Bengaluru.

At least 31 people were killed and hundred others were injured in a series of apparently coordinated explosions ripped through Brussels airport and a city metro station on 22 March.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Mar 29, 2016 09:35 IST

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