Bhubaneswar: Wary of the impact of the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, DGP Odisha police issued directives to all police chiefs to ban the internet-based game that has been linked to several deaths of children worldwide.
Expressing concern over reports of the harmful impact of the game, Director General of Police K B Singh asked all SSPs and DCPs to take legal action against administrators of the lethal game, which is said to have originated in Russia before spreading to other countries and ensure that children are prevented from playing the game.
“Instances of children committing suicide while playing Blue Whale challenging game is being reported. There is concern in the society about the availability of such game in Internet. It is understood that an administrator of the game uses social media platform to invite/incite children to play this game, which may eventually leads to the extreme step for self inflicting injuries including suicide. You are requested to take steps to ensure that such link of this deadly game in its own name or any similar game is immediately removed from the social media platform,” the directive read.
The ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ is a controversial internet game in which a series of tasks, mostly brutal, are given to players for a period of 50 days by the administrators with a final challenge requiring them to commit suicide.
The player is asked to share photos after finishing the different levels of the game. The game is spread via links on social media platforms.