FAMILY MEMBERS of Infosys software engineer Raghavendran Ganeshan, who has been missing in Brussels since Tuesday’s blasts, have said that many of his friends claimed to have received a message on social media from him saying he was safe although there was still no official word about his whereabouts.
Raghavendran’s mother Annapoorani Ganeshan, who lives in Mumbai, confirmed that some people received “notifications” on Facebook of her son being safe. “But I did not get any confirmation from the Ministry of External Affairs about such a notification. I have been informed that my son will be traced with information of the location of his last mobile call,” she said.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that Ganeshan’s last phone call had been tracked to the metro rail. “Raghavendran Ganesh – We have tracked his last call in Brussels. He was travelling in the metro rail,” Swaraj posted on Twitter.
She did not specify what time the call was made or where Ganeshan’s location was at that time. More than 30 people were killed and over 270 injured in the multiple bomb blasts at the Brussels airport and a metro station.
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Also on Thursday, Raghavendran’s younger brother Chandrasekar Ganeshan, who works as a software engineer in Germany, travelled to Brussels to join search operations for his brother along with executives from Infosys and members of the Indian community.
“We are still trying to locate him,’’ an Infosys spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, some of Ganeshan’s friends responded to an SOS sent out by Chandrasekar on Wednesday to indicate that they had received notifications from Raghavendran saying he was safe soon after the terror attack.
“Bro, he was marked safe by himself soon after the attacks took place and I got a notification on the same. But after that I couldn’t find that notification. Dunno where it disappeared. Not only me, but other mutual friends too got. Don’t worry. Inshallah, he will be back soon! All our prayers with him,’’ said a post by a friend of Raghavendran, identified as Nahaz Ali.
“He had marked safe in FB, he will be safe,’’ another friend, Usha Niranjan, posted. “Yes, he had marked safe and I got notification and I’m searching for it now couldn’t find it anywhere,’’ wrote Supriya Krishnan, a friend.
When contacted, Raghavendran’s father Ganeshan Chengalvarayan said, “The search continues in Brussels. My younger son has reached there. Many people from India settled in Belgium are helping the team searching for my son. We hope we will get some positive results soon.”
Raghavendran was with the Infosys Ltd centre at Pune before being deployed to Brussels for a project with Belgian telecom major Proximus or Belgacom Mobile. He has been in Brussels for the last four years.