Police found the image of a whale carved on a 19 year old student Vignesh’s left hand with “Blue Whale” written below it.
A 19 year old student allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Madurai on Wednesday evening. Police say his extreme move is linked to the Blue Whale Challenge game that requires participants to complete 50 tasks in 50 days, ultimate task being committing suicide.
“Blue whale is not a game, once you enter you can’t exit,” read the note that police recovered from Vignesh home in city’s Kalaignar Nagar locality. Police also found the image of a whale carved on Vignesh’s left hand with “Blue Whale” written below it.
Vignesh was a second year B-com student at a private college in Thiruparankundram.
This is the first death reported in the state due to the game which has claimed many young lives in the country.
The deadly game has provoked a scare and huge concern in the country. Many states have banned the internet-based game after reports of teen suicides linked to the Blue Whale Challenge. Authorities have also asked parents to keep a close watch on their children’s online activities.
The Blue Whale Game originated in Russia; some 100 deaths across the world have been linked to it.