Pune police rescue teen who left home after playing ‘Blue Whale suicide challenge’
After their son went missing, the parents enquired about him and his friends revealed that he was playing the Blue Whale suicide challenge since the past few days.pune Updated: Aug 10, 2017 16:34 IST
A 14-year-old Solapur boy, who left home after reportedly playing the Blue Whale suicide challenge, was rescued by the Pune rural police in Bhigwan near Pune on Wednesday afternoon. The parents of the boy, identified as Sudhir Bhosale, approached the police after the teenager left home on Tuesday evening, according to the Bhigwan police.
After the missing report was filed, the Solapur police sent details about the Class 9 student to their Pune counterparts. The Pune rural police, while patrolling the Pune-Solapur national highway, found the boy at the Bhigwan state transport bus stand.
“After their son went missing, the parents enquired about him and his friends revealed that he was playing the Blue Whale suicide challenge. The parents, then, informed us about the same,” said Neelkanth Rathod, Bhigwan police station in-charge.
According to Rathod, the boy was not attending school since the past five days and was constantly using his mobile phone. “The parents said that he was completely engrossed in his mobile phone since the last few days,” said Rathod.
Hindustan Times repeatedly tried to contact Sudhir’s parents but could not reach them. Police said that the boy’s mobile phone tower location helped them trace him.
“The boy looked really lost when he found him and did not speak at all. We tried to make him feel comfortable but could hardly get any information out of him,” Rathod said.
The boy was heading towards Pune in a state transport (ST) bus. The police found him at the ST stand in Bhigwan around 10:30 am and brought him to the police station. The father of the boy, Dinesh Bhosale, arrived at the police station and took him home, the police said.
The Blue Whale suicide challenge is a game which provokes people into taking up self-harming tasks before the final task of killing themselves. The game was created by a Russian man named Philipp Budeikin, who was jailed in July for inciting a number of teenagers to commit suicide.
The game allegedly claimed its first Indian victim when a 14-year-old boy from Andheri jumped to death on August 1.
On August 2, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis took note of the incident and said that he would report it to the Centre. On Wednesday, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan also spoke of approaching the Central government regarding the challenge.
First Published: Aug 10, 2017 16:25 IST