LUCKNOW: A teenage boy of Hamirpur is suspected to have become the first victim of dreaded ‘Blue Whale challenge’ in Uttar Pradesh as he committed suicide allegedly under the influence of the mobile game on Sunday night.
Parth, 13, was found hanging from the ceiling of his room on Sunday evening. A police investigation is on to see if the suicide by the boy was, in any way, connected to the by now infamous ‘Blue Whale’ game. A mobile phone was also seized from the spot and the police have sent it for forensic tests. The cops, however, confirmed that the boy was using his father’s mobile phone which was found broken beside the body but the game was not found on it.
According to sources, Parth, a student of class VII, studying in a prestigious public school at Maudhaha, Hamirpur, was the only son of his parents. The family members told the police that a day ago he had confided in his father that he had taken up the Blue Whale challenge and that he would win it as he had reached the last level.
“Parth’s parents had warned him against playing the game but he possibly ignored the warning and continued to cross levels after levels, ultimately ending his life under its influence,” said a family member.
Parth’s father Vikram Singh told the police that his son had to attend a birthday party of his friend on Sunday evening, but suddenly went into his room and locked himself inside.
“When he did not open the door for long, we broke it open only to find him hanging from the ceiling of the room using a towel,” his father told the police.
SP, Hamirpur, Dinesh Kumar P said, “Parents of the boy are claiming that he had fallen victim to Blue Whale game. During preliminary investigations, we didn’t find the game on the phone. We have seized the phone and sent it for lab tests. It is a sensitive issue and we are contacting the Cyber cell at Lucknow to probe into the matter.”
Meanwhile, Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh, in a letter to all district police chiefs, has urged for complete compliance to the Centre’s order to ensure that the dangerous game is banned.