Raghavendran Ganesan, Father Saving to Return to India, Dies in Brussels Attack

Raghavendran Ganesan, in a photograph taken from social media.

A photograph of Raghavendran Ganesan, 30, on Facebook shows the software engineer at his wedding in 2014, embracing his bride, his neck adorned with garlands as flower petals filled the air surrounding the couple.

His family had been looking forward to Mr. Ganesan returning home to India after four years in Brussels, a brother-in-law, Bala Subramanian, wrote in a series of Twitter posts on Monday. He had been saving up and planned to return in May to his wife and the couple’s first child, a son born last month. Mr. Ganesan had met his son only once, his brother-in-law said.

Mr. Subramanian described Mr. Ganesan as a calm, polite man who was an orthodox Brahmin, a caste of Hinduism associated with sacred learning and the spiritual guidance of others.

On March 22, two years and two days after the young couple’s wedding, as Brussels reeled from coordinated terrorist attacks, Mr. Ganesan’s family and Indians living in Belgium took to Facebook to exchange information on his possible whereabouts and to offer one another support.

Mr. Ganesan usually rode the Brussels subway around 9 a.m. to go to his job at Infosys, a business-technology consulting firm, his brother posted on Facebook. The commute took Mr. Ganesan through Maelbeek station, the site of one of the suicide bombings. Even 10 hours after the attack, he had not been heard from.

The disappearance led Mr. Ganesan’s mother, Annapoorani, to appeal to Indian officials to take up the search for her eldest son: “He is not only my son,” she wrote on Facebook. “He is whole Tamilnadu’s son. Whole India’s son. So please take any urgent action.”

Mr. Ganesan’s brother, Chandrasekar Ganesan, kept up a frantic search on social media. He posted more requests for information on Facebook and wrote pleas to top Indian officials, including Sushma Swaraj, India’s minister of external affairs, on Twitter. Observers tried to help by sending him tips, including the names of hospitals he could check.

As Mr. Ganesan remained missing, Indian Embassy officials in Brussels helped the family members check hospitals for their lost relative. But the search came to an end on Monday.

Mr. Ganesan did not survive the attack, Kumar Gaurav, a spokesman for the embassy, confirmed in an email. He had been riding in the same train car as the suicide bomber, Ms. Swaraj wrote on Twitter.

In addition to the image of the bride and groom, Mr. Ganesan’s Facebook page offers small insights into his interests: a photograph of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, where he traveled last year, and an image of Rock Lee, a character from the Japanese cartoon series Naruto who is known for his calm demeanor, large appetite and trustworthiness.

On Monday, arrangements were being made for Mr. Ganesan’s remains to be sent home to India with his family.

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