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Air hostess mom suicide

New Delhi, Feb. 15: The mother of Geetika Sharma, an airhostess who committed suicide in August alleging harassment by then Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, was today found hanging in the family’s home in northwest Delhi.

Like her daughter, Anuradha Sharma has alleged in her suicide note that she was mentally tortured by Kanda and Aruna Chaddha, a senior executive in his company.

Both are in judicial custody, facing trial on the charges of abetting Geetika’s suicide. The 23-year-old was an airhostess in Kanda’s now-defunct MDLR Airlines.

“We have got a suicide note where she (Anuradha) has blamed Kanda and Chaddha for her death. The family was allegedly under pressure to drop the case against them. We will take legal action,” said Delhi North deputy commissioner of police P. Karunakaran.

Police said Anuradha, in her fifties, was rushed from her home in Ashok Vihar to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead this afternoon. A relative, whose suspicions were aroused when his knocks on the main door went unanswered, saw her hanging in the first-floor flat through an open window around 5pm.

Family sources said the suicide note was found in the same drawer where Geetika had left her notes. “She was suffering from acute depression since Geetika’s death,” Anuradha’s son Ankit Sharma said.

Geetika too had hanged herself in the same flat. Her suicide notes had accused Kanda of mentally torturing her to force her to rejoin his company. Kanda had to resign as minister of state in the home department of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda after the allegations surfaced. Charged with abetment of suicide, he surrendered to the police after being on the run for 10 days.