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14-Year-Old Boy From Bengal Hangs Himself Allegedly To Complete The Dreaded 'Blue Whale Challenge'

This is the second death in India related to the 'Blue Whale Challenge'.

13/08/2017 12:03 PM IST | Updated 13/08/2017 12:03 PM IST
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A file photo of police outside the Convent of Jesus and Mary school in Ranaghat in West Bengal.

In what is suspected to be yet another casualty in the 'Blue Whale Game' challenge, a 14-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Keshpur in Bengal's West Midnapore district on Saturday morning.

According to reports, Ankan De, who was in Class 10, covered his head with a plastic bag, tied tightly around his neck with a nylon cord before he suffocated to death.

Police said that the 14-year-old was seen playing the online challenge using his father's desktop at his office in Anandapur Town.

The computer has been sent for forensic examination to ascertain the links through which the 14-year-old reportedly got addicted to the game.

"Initial evidence suggests that the suicide is linked to the Blue Whale Challenge. We are investigating the matter," a senior police officer told News18.

On Thursday, a 13-year-old boy had tried to jump off the third floor of his school building in Indore. But, he was rescued by his teachers and other students.

The game involves a number of challenger, including watching horror movies alone, waking up at ungodly hours and the penultimate task is to take one's own life. In Russia, 130 teenagers have taken their lives since November of 2015 through this new and deadly online game.

Last month, a 14-year-old from Mumbai jumped to his death from the terrace of the building he lived in, sparking speculations that he may have fallen prey to the online suicide cult.

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