Blue Whale Challenge: Forensic lab issues guidelines for Maharashtra police to probe suicides

Mumbai: Amidst growing trends of suicide among teenagers after carrying out formidable 50 tasks of social media deadly game ‘Blue Whale’ whose final assignment is to jump from a high-rise to end life, the law enforcers find it difficult to directly link the suicide with the deadly game.

The gadgets of the deceased are being sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Kalina to ascertain if the deceased ended life after playing deadly game. A senior FSL officer told the Free Press Journal that they are preparing a guideline for Maharashtra police to probe if a suicide was the resultant effect of Blue Whale.

“The guideline will have several bullet points before ascertaining the link of suicide with Blue Whale. The police officer who is investigating Blue Whale suicide case should be familiar with its 50 deadly tasks. The officer should initially check if the deceased followed the deadly tasks like carving his/her body with razor, number of social media accounts, whether the deceased has alternative accounts on pay pal, paytm, etc. Also, was the deceased following the tasks given by his/her curator on social media, check the web history of deceased’s gadgets. And if the web history is deleted, police can get it from service provider(s),” said FSL officer.

The Blue Whale game, which originated in Russia, now does not exist in European countries after several people from all around the world committed suicide by taking on the deadly game. The Central government has also taken cognisance after the disturbing internet game started to gain notoriety in India. The major internet players including Google, Facebook, WhatsApp have been asked to remove links that promote the deadly game.

The FSL officer added that it is not possible to block or remove its link because it is a ‘mind game.’ “There is no specific application of ‘Blue Whale’ game available online. Neither the Blue Whale game is found on darknet. There is Russian website, which looks similar to other social media, where the Blue Whale game was played. Also, the curious teenagers search for the curator of Blue Whale game on social media with specific hashtag,” he said.

The multi pages guideline on Blue Whale will soon be given to Maharashtra police. The FSL team is in touch with its counterparts of other states. “After the fresh case of teenager’s suicide in Kerala was linked with Blue Whale game, we are in touch with Kerala police to know the details,” added the officer.

Though Mumbai police have yet not received a single case of suicide of a teenager who played Blue Whale game, yet every suicide case of youth in the city is being thoroughly investigated if the deceased took extreme step as a part of game’s deadly assignment. Initially, the tragic death of an Andheri teenager was being linked with Blue Whale game but it ended up being a hoax. The 14-year-old school boy Manpreet Sahan ended his life citing personal reasons in his suicide note, according to a senior police officer.

Sahan’s gadgets were sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Kalina to ascertain if he played the game. “After analysing his (Sahan’s) gadgets, we have found no lead to link his suicide with Blue Whale game. Very soon we will submit our report in this case to Mumbai police,” said the FSL officer.

(To download our E-paper please click here. The publishers permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal

www.freepressjournal.in