Brussels Attack: Last call of missing Indian tracked to metro, says EAM Sushma Swaraj

Indian Embassy in Brussels is making efforts to locate Raghavendran Ganesh since the terror attacks at the Brussels airport and the metro which left 31 dead and 300 injured.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 25, 2016 5:09 pm
Brussels, brussels attack, Raghavendran Ganesh, sushma swaraj, india, india news, infosys, world news, brussels indians Indian Embassy in Brussels is making efforts to locate Raghavendran Ganesh since the terror attacks at the Brussels airport and the metro which left 31 dead and 300 injured.

The Infosys employee missing since Tuesday’s blasts in Brussels made the last phone call that day from a metro train in the city, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday.

“We have tracked his last call in Brussels. He was travelling in the metro rail,” Swaraj tweeted.

The minister has said that the Indian embassy in the Belgian capital is doing its best to locate Raghavendran Ganeshan, who is originally from Bengaluru and had worked in Pune before moving to Brussels four years ago.

Swaraj had tweeted a photo of Ganeshan on Wednesday evening. She had also spoken with his mother, Annapoorni Ganeshan, telling her that the government is making all efforts to locate her son.

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An official tracking the developments said the Indian embassy has been trying to establish contact with Ganeshan since Tuesday evening. “We haven’t been able to locate him and it is a matter of concern,” he said.

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Ganeshan, who had visited India last month when his wife gave birth, had spoken with his mother on Skype barely an hour before he left for work on Tuesday morning. “I had a 12-minute chat with my son. I came to know about the attacks when my younger son in Germany informed me,” Annapoorni Ganeshan, who lives in Mumbai, told The Indian Express. “We tried to reach my son on his mobile phone but he was unreachable. His employers and the Indian embassy are in regular touch with us and they have assured us that Raghavendran will be found as soon as possible.”

In a statement, Infosys said, “Following the attacks in Brussels, Infosys reached out to all its employees in the city to ascertain their whereabouts and safety. With the exception of one employee who we are trying to reach, we have been able to connect with all other employees. We are in touch with the missing employee’s family and are working with the Indian Embassy and local authorities in Brussels to locate our employee on priority.”

Ganeshan was with the Infosys Ltd centre in Pune before being deployed to Brussels for a project with Belgian telecom major Proximus, or Belgacom Mobile.

In a Facebook post, his brother Chandrasekar said, “They (the Indian embassy) told me they are searching for him. They have also looked into many hospitals it seems…but still there is no word of him as of yet…We have also tried calling on his mobile….but simply not able to reach sometimes it appears to ring and sometimes it is busy. He has a Lyca mobile…Does anyone have any first hand information of the situation in Brussels…”

He added, “Just for additional information, he usually takes his metro from Merode station to Parc station at around 9…i heard that hundreds of people are unable to come out of the metro station…any leads would be really helpful…”

Swaraj also said that the two Jet Airways crew members injured in the explosions at Brussels airport are recovering well. She said the government is coordinating with the airlines “on alternate plans to evacuate our citizens”. All Indian passengers stranded in Brussels are being provided hotel accommodation, she said.

The airline said its crew members are being given “required medical care” and that it has made arrangements for their family members to travel.

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First Published on: March 25, 2016 12:01 am
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    Pat
    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm
    Paid media pressutes like ndtv never talk constructively always maligning what doesn't suit congress CPI money extornists of common peoples taxes, it's bull $h..t working for poor or the other way round. People can read between lines , a kejriwal media cm another someone whose opposing government not imptKeep your job through jobs covering of futile news. You are afraid of losing terrorists votes, common man will kick and sink congress party. Blame Ramdev we need more people like him to erase this congress party. Erase jnu and call it Bhagat Singh . What does this pro terrorism bakwas dutt of ndtv don't watch ndtv it's all about congress or anti India request to viewers.
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      Lit
      Mar 24, 2016 at 10:57 am
      Swarajji, please take all efforts to find what happened to Br. Ragavendra Ganesh IYER. He is one of US, unlike OTHERS.
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        Arvind
        Mar 24, 2016 at 9:32 am
        Glad to see Indian government concerned about its citizens - another good change after the Modi gov has come to power.
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          Damaru Prasad
          Mar 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm
          Would appreciate if the system demonstrated this level of interest in cases when poor women are raped and killed or served acid or gonda politicians threw weight on women and everywhere. Modi has not yet taken up law and order. This demands leaving police alone and highly empowered.
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            Raj
            Mar 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm
            We are feeling for the family. I am praying the almighty for the safe return of Raghavendran Ganesh. Thanks to Sushmaji - for everything . She leads by example.
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              babu
              Mar 24, 2016 at 11:20 am
              Col prohit must know about his where about
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                Sooraj
                Mar 24, 2016 at 9:59 am
                hahah but they dont care of the citizens living within the country
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                  ConcernedNetizen
                  Mar 24, 2016 at 9:50 am
                  Hoping each day for the safety of Raghavendran Ganesh.
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                    indian
                    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:29 am
                    Sadly,this hardworking young Indian at the threshold of a successful life remains untraced and all Indians every where pray that he has survived this brutal and senseless savagery by those who committed this inhuman act.One must say though that Mrs Swaraj like a true professional and a very capable and sensible leader is demonstrating coordination with utmost promptness and efficiency to try to trace the injured and missing and ensure their hardships are resolved as quickly as possible.She keeps the families and the nation informed of all the efforts her envoys are doing.Well done and India salutes Mrs Swaraj and PM Modi to care for the ordinary Indian.The ordinary Indian was criminally and barbarically ignored for 67 years by the elitist masters who ruled and pered India.
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                      prabhu12
                      Mar 24, 2016 at 10:02 am
                      Now atleast we have a governament which is concerned about its citizens.
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                        Vidya shankar
                        Mar 24, 2016 at 11:43 am
                        Kanhaiya Kumar is only because of media and media alone.now millions of kanhaiya are going to crop up in our country because of one like him.wake up media wear your responsibility
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