Momo Challenge: Bengal CID issues advisory on 'Blue Whale' successor
As the online Momo Challenge game claimed two lives in West Bengal so far, the CID on Monday issued a public notice advising people against the game and urging them to contact the police or the agency in case they receive an invitation to play the Momo Challenge game.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) took to Twitter to issue the notice. The notice comes amid increasing number of reports about people receiving invitation from unknown numbers to play the lethal game.
Terming the Momo Challenge “a new killer game on social media”, the CID advised parents not to permit their children to play the game.
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”Please make your children/ward aware not to play this game. Any information/activity about this game could be shared
with local police or CID West Bengal,” the CID posted in its Twitter handle.
The Momo Challenge has led to two deaths in the state. Manish Sarki (18) of Kurseong in Darjeeling district
hanged himself on August 20 while Aditi Goyal (26), also from the same place committed suicide the next day.
”People receiving such invitations on their WhatsApp number is pouring. We are advising them not to open the link
and junk them. The directive will help them dealing with this lethal game,” an IPS officer told the PTI.
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Apart from the CID, the state administration has also asked schools and colleges to track the behavioural pattern of students, The police in the districts have been instructed to deal with this threat, the official said.
In 2017, another online game - Blue Whale Challenge - claimed a number of lives in India and several countries.
(With inputs from agencies)