The Blue Whale game, which has claimed more than 100 deaths in China, United States and other nations, has claimed one more life in India. A teenager from West Bengal reportedly committed suicide to finish the final stage of the killer game which has been banned in several countries.
Friends of Ankan Dey from West Midnapore district said that he was playing the Blue Whale Challenge game. He was student of a Class 10.
Two days back, a 14-year-old boy from Solapur, who left home to complete a task given to him in the online game, was rescued by the police on his way to Pune.
The district police intercepted a Pune-bound state transport bus in which the teenager was travelling, near Bhigwan on an information given by their Solapur counterparts.
"As soon as we were informed by our counterparts in Solapur, we intercepted the bus and rescued the boy, who was on his way to complete a task given by the Blue Whale Challenge game," a Bhigwan police station officer said.
He said the boy appeared "lost" and was silent when the police took him with them.
"The boys businessman father came to the police station and took him home," the officer said. According to him, the Class 9 student was addicted to the game, where a player is given different tasks by his handlers.
A teenager addicted to the Blue Whale Challenge game from Mumbai had ended his life.
A 13-year-old boy hooked to the game tried to jump off the third floor of his school in Indore but fellow students thwarted his attempt, police said.
The Blue Whale Game also "Blue Whale Challenge" is an Internet "game" allegedly comprising a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.