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Kanda goes viral on the Internet

Sat Singh, Hindustan Times  Sirsa, August 08, 2012
First Published: 23:13 IST(8/8/2012) | Last Updated: 23:18 IST(8/8/2012)

Ever since the name of Sirsa Independent legislator Gopal Goyal Kanda has appeared in the suicide note of Delhi girl Geetika Sharma, a former airhostess with Kanda's now-defunct MDLR Airlines, social networking websites have remained abuzz with information and opinion on the controversial politician, who resigned as minister of state (MoS) for home affairs after he and his business manager Aruna Chadha were booked for abatement to suicide by the Delhi police.

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Users of Facebook shared the two suicide notes written by 23-year-old Geetika, leading to a flurry of comments. While Delhi users were keen on enquiring about the background of Kanda and his empire, those from

Sirsa were quick to provide the answers. 'Ankur Sirsa', a Facebook user, shared both the suicide notes of Geetika reportedly leaked from the Delhi police domain, inviting over 100 comments.
At least 45 people shared the weblink to the notes, while 103 comments were posted on the suicide notes in less than 20 minutes of uploading. Opinion was divided.

While 'Hemant', a supporter of Kanda, termed the incident a conspiracy against the Kanda brothers sponsored by opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), 'Ravi', another user, challenged the claim and reasoned how a political party could be responsible for the death of a 23-year-old girl, who was allegedly misused by Kanda for his own benefits.

Though most of the comments urged the Delhi police to bring out the truth without fear and favour, some also demanded immediate punishment for the accused. There were no comments on the Facebook ID of Gopal Kanda himself.

At the same time, Net users searched Kanda's controversial videos uploaded on YouTube. The most viewed video was of April 3, 2010, when chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was scheduled to come to Sirsa for a rally, and Kanda threatened INLD workers of dire consequences when they were asking shopkeepers to down shutters in protest.

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