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Another suspected suicide due to Blue Whale Challenge reported from Kerala

A day after a 16-year-old boy died after playing the deadly game, the mother of the 22-year-old Sawant claimed that her ‘phone addict’ son hanged himself in his house last month.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2017 22:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
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The Kerala police is yet to find a link between the recent suicides and the notorious Blue Game Challenge.(Representational Photo)

Another suspected case of suicide due to the Blue Whale Challenge was reported from north Kerala on Wednesday, a day after a mother in the state capital claimed that her 16-year-old son died after playing the deadly game.

But the police said they are yet to find a link between the deaths and the notorious online game.

The mother of 22-year-old Sawant, an Industrial Training Institute student, who allegedly hanged himself in his house last month, said he had earlier slashed his arms with a blade and the family had thought the act was due to depression. She said he was taken for counselling but Sawant remained gloomy and aloof.

“One day he was missing from the house. Later, a relative found him sitting at the edge of the Thalassery pier and saved him in the nick of time,” said the mother. She pointed out that his son was addicted to computer and mobile phone games for two years.

“We have no idea about the game. But when we saw another mother describing about her son’s death on TV we found a lot of similarities between them. Initially, we thought it is due to depression,” she said.

When contacted, the police said a failed love affair triggered suicide and they don’t have any proof to link the death to the cyber game.

Director general of police Loknath Behra said, “In some case investigations are going on. But for now we have no evidence.”

On Tuesday, the mother of the 16-year-old boy Manjo C Manu of Thiruvananthapuram, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan of his home on July 26, claimed that the suicide was due to the Blue Whale game.

“He told me he came across the game (the Blue Whale Challenge) last November and we tried our best to dissuade him. He developed a strange behaviour… used to go and sit in graveyards at night and once jumped into a river during a holiday,” his mother said.

The tragedies and a growing call to ban the game prompted the government to direct internet majors Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove the links of Blue Whale Challenge and the like.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 22:04 IST