Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16: While the Centre has launched initiative to fight out with the deadly consequences of ‘The Blue Whale challenge’ by ordering the removal of all internet links to the online game, Kerala Police have begun a probe into the death of a local teenager.
The parents of Class XI student filed a complaint earlier this week that their 16-year-old son committed suicide on July 26 by hanging as he was hooked on to the game.
His parents claimed that the online game took their son’s life and asked to start a probe in the suicide to ascertain the reason.
According to the boy’s mother, the teenager had downloaded the game last year and despite their reprimands had refused to not play the game.
She said the teenager started behaving indifferently and was always engaged in weird activities.
The Cyber Police said they have seized the teenager’s mobile phone and started the probe even though they are yet to ascertain the cause of extreme step.
The Centre has directed technology giants, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo, to remove all links that direct users to the game, which allegedly claimed the life of a Mumbai teenager Manpreet Singh Sahani last month.
“Instances of children committing suicide while playing Blue Whale Challenge have been reported in India. It is understood that an administrator of the game uses social media platform to invite/incite children to play this game, which may eventually lead the child to extreme steps for self-inflicting injuries, including suicide,” a letter sent by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, made available on Tuesday, read.