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Last Updated Wednesday August 09 2017 03:30 PM IST

Fear of 'Blue Whale' grips Kerala, CM asks Center to ban the game

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Pinarayi Vijayan Pinarayi Vijayan. File photo

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday told the Assembly that his government will write to the Center to ban the computer game 'Blue Whale' that is suspected to be behind many suicides across the world, including the recent death of a teen in Mumbai.

Pinarayi was responding to a submission moved by senior CPM legislator Raju Abraham who said that in Kerala alone there have been 2,000 downloads of 'Blue Whale' game that is said to have led to over 4,000 suicides across the world.

He demanded that the Kerala government immediately intervene in the matter.

"After knowing the ill effects of this game from across the world, the Kerala Police, educational institutions and other social groups have started a campaign in Kerala against it. We will write to the Center to see that steps are taken to ban this game," said Pinarayi.

The chief minister said that the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) is the appropriate agency that will have to take the call.

"Four youths who were picked up by the police recently in Kerala were found to have left their homes after getting influenced by this killer game. Several countries have already banned this game after it was found to have a negative influence on society at large. An immediate campaign against it is the need of the hour,” Raju Abraham said.

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