DGP Denies Suicides in Kerala Due to ‘Blue Whale Challenge’

Thiruvananthapuram: State Director General of Police  Loknath Behra today denied media reports over suicides by teenagers influenced by killer game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ in Kerala.

Talking to newspersons here, the DGP said the police took various measures, including technological support from Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT) to stop crimes in connection with such online game.

The DGP stated this following reports that killer game has claimed the lives of two youngsters, one from Kannur and another from the State Capital.

It was reported that an ITI student Sawanth from Kannur, committed suicide in May last, allegedly under the influence of dangerous online game.

Another victim, Manoj. C. Manu from Vilapilsala here, committed suicide on July 26. His mother said her son had downloaded the game in November last, leading to his death.

However, South Zone IG Manoj Abraham admitted that his mother had lodged a complaint in this regard. Earlier, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to the Centre seeking the ban of ‘Blue Whale’ game.

Reactions to ‘Blue Whale Challenge’

Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar, who remarked in court: “We heard about Blue Whale – that it can lead to anything.”

Maneka Gandhi, the Minister for Women and Child Welfare, today urged parents through Twitter “to monitor the activities of children & dissuade them from falling prey to #BlueWhaleChallenge.”

The Centre over the weekend asked major internet players including Google, Facebook, WhatsApp to ensure they remove links that lead to or promote the game.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court has asked today for internet companies to remove any material linked to the game.