Indian boy becomes 1st victim in country of the 'Blue Whale' dare

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The victim has been identified as a 14-year-old boy, who jumped off the terrace from his five-floor Andheri (east) apartment on Saturday. The truth behind the boy's suicide is yet revealed.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday expressed concern over the impact of the Internet game, "The Blue Whale" which reportedly claimed the life of a teenager in Mumbai three days ago. He is survived by parents and elder sisters. The police said his father is an aeronautical engineer. The boy, Manpreet Singh, had discussed the online game with his friends in a WhatsApp group. But for the last two weeks, they have noticed some behavioural change in him.

The game has been in news for being linked with suicides of teenagers worldwide.

The Meghwadi police had sent a team to Manpreet's school to check with his classmates, but it turned up nothing.

Right before jumping from the building the boy took a photograph where only his legs can be seen and is captioned: "Soon the only thing you would be left with is a picture of me".

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The boy's neighbour, who witnessed the entire episode, narrated the whole incident saying, "The 14-year-old boy went to his building's terrace at around 5 PM". When he asked the boy to get down safely, Manpreet replied that he would jump down at the very instance. One of the police officers informed that a man from another building saw him sitting on parapet and asked him to get down.

"Students said he was addicted to games, but we don't know for sure if it was the Blue Whale challenge". In this game, the daily tasks start off easy, such as listening to certain genres of music, waking up at odd hours, watching a horror movie, among others, and then slowly escalate to carving out shapes on one's skin, self-mutilation and eventually suicide.

However, this game has taken the lives of hundreds of teenagers across several countries. "But, we are yet to examine his mobile phone and social media groups where he was active", a senior police official said.

According to Dr Sagar Mundada, a psychiatrist with KEM hospital, self-harm strategies are also becoming common amongst teens to manipulate their parents into submission.

The mystery behind the name of game Blue Whale is that users were asked to carve a Whale on their body which is really sounds foolish but unsafe.

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