NEW DELHI: An Indian software engineer working with Infosys has been reported as missing in Brussels following the bomb blasts that shook the Belgian capital on Tuesday.
Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj confirmed in a tweet that while no Indian casualties were reported, efforts were on to trace the techie.
Having joined Infosys for training in Bengaluru and Pune, Raghavendran Ganeshan was sent to Belgium nearly four years back to work with a telecommunications company there. His colleagues in Brussels, who were contacted by The Hindu, said the blast at the metro station was on the route he takes daily for work. Since the blasts, however, there has been no contact with Mr. Ganeshan, who hails from Tamil Nadu.
Indians in Brussels – This is the picture of Raghavendran Ganesh. pic.twitter.com/9M1qlKkVVH /1
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) 23 March 2016
Dhaval Ved, his colleague in Brussels, said it has been more than 24 hours since contact with Mr. Ganeshan stopped. His colleagues have been circulating information through social media in an attempt to get more information.
In a statement, Infosys has 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.”
Appealing for help in tracing the Indian national, Ms. Swaraj tweeted that she has talked to Mr. Ganeshan’s mother in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the Embassy in Belgium has said teams had been sent to hospitals where 234 of the injured had been hospitalised, and there was still no sign of Mr. Ganeshan.