Victim’s namesake bears the brunt of social media

Updated on Oct 28, 2014 10:26 AM IST

Gagan Aggarwal, a banquet manager at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, was surprised to see 25 missed calls on his mobile phone when he woke up on Sunday.

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Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Gagan Aggarwal, a banquet manager at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, was surprised to see 25 missed calls on his mobile phone when he woke up on Sunday.

When he called back some of his friends, he was shocked to know that his picture had been circulated on social networking sites and mobile messaging applications with the statement that he had died in a road mishap near Sarabha Nagar.

Worse, even some local dailies printed his image as one of the victims in their news reports about the mishap on Monday.

It was in fact Gagandeep Sharma, 26, of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, who had died in the mishap on late Saturday night. Incidentally, Sharma too worked at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza as a sales manager.

“It was a shock for me. My relatives started crying on seeing my pictures on social networking sites. My next of kin living in other states and abroad have been continuously calling to console my parents,” said Gagan Aggarwal.

“Adding insult to the injury, a local newspaper carried my pictures in their news report about the mishap, claiming me dead. My mobile phone has been ringing continuously since 9am on Sunday,” he added.

Finally, he updated a status on his Facebook account clarifying that he was alive, and also circulated the message through Whatsapp, but failed to reach the masses.

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