Infosys staffer killed in Brussels attack

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Infosys staffer killed in Brussels attack

A software engineer with Indian outsourcing giant Infosys was one of 32 people to die in last week's bombings in Brussels, Belgium.

"It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of our colleague Raghavendran Ganeshan in the terrible attacks in Brussels," Infosys said in a statement Monday US time.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Raghavendran’s family and with those who were injured or lost a loved one in the attacks.”

Sushma Swaraj, India's foreign minister, said on her Twitter account that Ganeshan's remains were handed over to his family in Brussels. Ganeshan, 30, was heading into the Brussels subway the morning of 22 March as he wrapped up a phone conversation with his brother, the brother told the Wall Street Journal.

“Unfortunately, [Ganeshan] was travelling in the same coach of the metro in which the suicide bomber blew himself up,” Swaraj wrote.

Suicide bombers hit the Brussels airport and a subway train last week, and the Islamic State militant extremist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

"A young life, full of hope & promise cut short by mindless violence," Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, wrote on his Twitter account.

Ganeshan had spent four years in Brussels and was planning to return to India in May to join his wife and 1-month-old son, said Ganeshan’s brother-in-law Bala Subramanian, according to The New York Times.

Subramanian described Ganeshan as a calm, polite man who practiced an orthodox version of Hinduism associated with sacred learning and spiritual guidance.

Chandrasekar Ganeshan told the Wall Street Journal last week that the subway attack occurred 15 minutes after he got off the phone with his brother. Ganeshan never spoke with his brother again.

Infosys is an US$8.7 billion firm and India's second-largest software exporter by sales. The company is the biggest user of the US H-1B skilled worker visa program, having filed at least 16,000 visa applications every year from 2012 to 2015. 

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