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Police rules out ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ game behind Odisha teen’s suicide


Sambalpur: Local Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjeev Arora today ruled out deadly ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ online game to be the cause behind the suicide of teenager Suhani Rout of Dhankauda in Odisha’s Sambalpur district.

“We have got the post-mortem (PM) report and it appears that it was a suicide due to hanging. Under what circumstances it happened is part of the investigations and I am personally verifying that. We have seized the mobile phone and are verifying it. Till now there is no clue in that regard,” stated Arora briefing reporters here today.

Dhanupali police today registered an unnatural death (UD) case in the matter, while they have seized the mobile phone belonging to the deceased and have sent it to the forensic laboratory for examination.

Suhani Rout, a Class X student was rescued by her parents on the night of August 21 after she was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her room. While her parents had rushed her to the hospital, she was declared brought dead by the doctors there.

According to her mother, Suhani was a good student but was behaving in an abnormal manner for the last one month before her death. She said her daughter was spending most of the time with her mobile phone and was feeling lonely. Though she wasn’t aware what game or movie her daughter was playing or watching on the mobile phone but suspected that her death could be an act of the spirits.

“I think it’s the act of spirits. My child was not of the suicide committing types. But she has done all that students and others are hinting about this (Blue Whale Challenge) game. She has mentioned on her Facebook page that ‘I am feeling alone’. Why should she feel alone? She has also mentioned that she is waiting for death since all the mistakes were hers,” informed Prabhasini Rout, mother of deceased Suhani.

“Yes she was under mental pressure but not from home, it was from outside may be from her friends or school we do not know exactly. We don’t know which game but her friends asked us whether she was behaving in this manner for the last ten days or so. Yes she was doing exactly that and watching horror movies,” stated Sanjib Rout, father of deceased Suhani.

However, the talk of the town is that Suhani’s suicide could be due to ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ online game.