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Class 10 Panchkula student found hanging, family blames Blue Whale

The parents of the boy informed police that they found some diagrams and notes scribbled in the boy’s diary, which raised suspicion that he could have been playing the Blue Whale Challenge.

punjab Updated: Sep 26, 2017 10:04 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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Karan drew scenes of a boy hanging from a ceiling fan, among others. (HT Photo)

Shocking details have emerged in the suicide of a 16-year-old boy in Panchkula, who was found hanging in his Sector 4 residence on Saturday.

A Class 10 student of Chandigarh’s DAV Lahore School, Karan Thakur had made sketches of various suicide options in his Maths notebook before hanging himself.

He drew scenes of a boy jumping off a cliff, drowning in water, cutting his wrist, lying in front of a train and speeding car, and hanging from a ceiling fan. He chose death by hanging.

The family found his notebook a day after his suicide on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Karan was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his first floor room around 11.30 am on Saturday morning. His father heard him screaming from a neighbour’s terrace but found the room closed from inside.

His last words beneath these drawings are shocking: ‘I don’t deserve to live’, ‘No one cares me’, No one loves me’, ‘They just use me’, ‘I should just die’.

The family found his notebook a day after his suicide on Sunday when they were trying to piece together reasons for this extreme step.

“We were shocked when we found the drawings. We thought our child was normal, we could never imagine he was going through so much,” wept his father, Davinder Thakur, a stockbroker. His mother, Rajni Thakur, a homemaker, is still in a state of shock.

Addicted to games

Thakur blamed the blue whale game for driving his son to suicide, saying the drawings he had made were identical to those by other victims of this game. He claimed that his son was addicted to mobile games and would play them at night as well.

“Three weeks ago, he told me to take him to a psychiatrist, saying that he had become addicted to an online game called ‘Clash of Clans’. We went to a doctor who was not available. Thereafter I could not take him, which I deeply regret now,” sighed Thakur.

He said though they did not find any trace of the blue whale game on his phone or laptop, they suspected that he could have deleted it before committing suicide. “The police are now helping us to retrieve some data from his devices,” said the father.

The blue whale challenge is a social media phenomenon, which is said to have originated in Russia. Its creator was reportedly arrested by the Russian police earlier this year.

The victim’s cousin, Abhishek, said he had read that the administrator of the blue whale game asks the player to send hate messages to a friend. “He did that by sending hate messages to his close friend. He also watched some videos at 4 am in the morning, which is also one of the Blue Whale’s tasks.”

Karan’s uncle, Suraj Thakur, also blamed the game. “Though he did not have any fresh writing/drawing on his arms, we still believe he was playing that game,” said Suraj.

His other cousins told HT that Karan was always busy with his mobile, especially for the last one month. “We usually go for outings every Sunday. Last Sunday, he did not go out with us,” said one of his cousins.

Police seize mobile, laptop and notebook

The police have seized Karan’s mobile, laptop and notebook for investigation.

DCP Manbir Singh said at this stage it is difficult to conclude the reason of his suicide. “We are trying to gather evidence to analyse the circumstances of his death before we reach a conclusion,” he said.

The post-mortem report is also awaited. Karan was cremated on Sunday.

First Published: Sep 25, 2017 14:49 IST