Blue Whale devours one more in Kerala? Kannur lad's death under scanner

Blue Whale devours one more in Kerala? Kannur lad's death under scanner

The statements of the family have been recorded and investigations are on, police said. His mother said her son had downloaded the game in November last, leading to his death.

Though the mother says that Manoj mentioned the game and its outcomes to her, Kerala police says there is no evidence to link the suicide with the game.

Manoj was studying Class 11 from Perumkulam in Thiruvananthapuram was found hanging in his bedroom on July 26. The game started from Russian Federation and gives its players a list of formidable tasks to be completed in 50 days; the final assignment is suicide.

If these Keralites had committed suicide because of the challenge, then the Mumbai teenager will not be the first victim of Blue Whale Challenge in India.

BairdThe Blue Whale Challenge continues to cause suicide deaths in teenagers.

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Apart from cases of suicides, there have been reports of teenagers being stopped from committing suicide.

On August 14, a series of tweets was put out by Ministry of Child and Development stating that Maneka Gandhi has taken up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Latest reports suggest that the Centre has directed Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove the links of the challenge from Internet.

The Minister made the comment at a time when few suicide cases were reported from different parts of India which are assumed o be linked to the Blue Whale game. Expressing concern over availability of such deadly games on the internet, the ministry's note said, "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 them to take extreme steps for self-inflicting injuries including suicide". Each of the tasks has to be filmed to be shared as proof. Day before yesterday, Manoj's mother told police the she suspects that he son had taken up the Blue Whale Challenge and it could be the reason behind her son's death. But, the Blue Whale Challenge is peculiar and risky.

She remembered that her son goes to the beach alone during the night.