PUDUCHERRY: In a suspected case of suicide over Blue Whale Game Challenge, a student of Pondicherry Central University was found hanging from a tree campus at midnight of Thursday.
According to Kalapet police, Sasikumar Bora (23), a first year MBA student hailing from Assam, hanged himself from a tree near his hostel room.
Bora, who was chatting with his friends last night, left for his room and was found hanging Friday morning. His friends informed the police that Bora used to play the Blue Whale game.
Kalapet police who checked his cell phone also confirmed that the youth was playing the game.
His phone has been seized and sent to the cyber cell for further investigation.
The body of Bora was sent to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute for an autopsy, and cops are waiting for a report.
His parents were informed about the tragedy and they are on their way to Puducherry, police said.
“We have begun investigations to check whether the death was due to his playing the Blue Whale game”, Superintendent of Police (East) S Venkatasamy said.
Bulu Dey Bori, mother of Sasikumar Bora said the teenager had seemed disturbed for the past few days. “I don’t know what he was exactly suffering from. But surely something was affecting him,” she told reporters in Assam.
“He would call me up late at night and weep. He didn’t tell me what was troubling him. He was not a lovelorn boy nor did he have any problem with money,” she said.
The family hails from Jonai in Dhemaji district in northern Assam.
A message on the teenager’s Facebook page, posted at 2:21 am on August 29, read: “Maybe I wasn't made for anyone”.
On Wednesday evening, a 19-year-old boy from Madurai hung himself inside his house, as a task of completing the last challenge of the deadly game. This was the first death reported in Tamil Nadu due to the game which has claimed many young lives in the country and around the world.
According to police sources, Vignesh (19), younger son of Jeyamani and Vanitha, was the resident of Kalaignar Nagar at Vilacheri in Madurai district. He was studying second-year B.Com in a private college in Thiruparankundram.
A day after the suicide, Madurai Superintendent of Police on Thursday made a startling revelation that they have identified over 75 people clandestinely playing the proscribed online killer game in the district.
Addressing a press meeting here, N Manivannan said that data from Vignesh’s phone revealed a WhatsApp group of 75 members, who were allegedly playing the game and initiating gullible people to follow suit.