Chennai: A 22-year-old engineer allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself near Panrutti in Cuddalore city of Tamil Nadu. Reports suggest that Blue Whale Challenge game is suspected to be the reason behind his death. Also Read - UP Man Commits Suicide As He Was Missing His Wife Stuck at Her Parents' Place Due to Lockdown
Identified as Seshadri, the man ended his life at his residence on Tuesday night when his family members were away. As per reports, the police claim to have seized various books on ghosts and a mobile phone using which he had played the game. Also Read - Desperate For Alcohol Amid Lockdown, 3 Men in Tamil Nadu Die After Drinking Paint Varnish
Police said they suspect that the man, an employee of a private factory at Mettukuppam in neighbouring Puducherry, could have committed suicide under the influence of the game. Further investigations were on, they added. Also Read - Fire Breaks Out in Chennai as People Burn Crackers in Response to PM's Call, No Deaths or Injuries Reported
The online game demands players to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller over 50 days with the final challenge to commit suicide.
The game allegedly led to a spate of suicides in India and other countries last year.
However, the government informed Lok Sabha in January this year that there was no evidence of anyone committing suicide due to the Blue Whale challenge game.
A committee headed by the DG, Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-In), investigate cases of suicide committed or attempted allegedly using Blue Whale challenge game but could not establish involvement of the game in any of the deaths, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir had said in a written reply.
Recently, there have been reports of another similar killer game “momo” surfacing online with police in some states, including West Bengal and Odisha, cautioning schools and parents to ensure that children do not fall prey to it.
(Inputs from PTI)