Days after the Kerala police issued a cautionary statement regarding the Blue Whale challenge that has reportedly claimed one life in the country, the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged the central government to take appropriate measures to stop the game.
Writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, CM Pinarayi said that a combined effort by multiple union ministries was required to arrest the menace that is being spread through the "internet", that has already claimed lives in the country.
"The Blue Whale game is a challenge to the whole society and comprehensive action against this from all responsible agencies are of almost importance. As far as the state of Kerala is concerned the cyber wing of police department is making their best effort to make propel aware through social media and other effective channels. It may be appreciated that the state government by itself can do very little in this matter. Only solution to arrest this menace is to ban this game altogether and this can be done only with the help of union government ministries such as electronic and information Technology, Home , information and broadcast , etc, in view of the threat which is already at our doorstep, I would request that immediate action may be initiated to ban this game all over India so that we can save previous lives," reads the letter.
Notably, the issue of Blue Whale challenge claiming the lives of teenagers, was brought up in the Kerala Legislative Assembly earlier this week.
It was MLA Raju Abraham who raised the issue in the Assembly earlier this week.
Reports say that teenagers in our state may get attracted to this game that forced many teens to commit suicide globally. Players blindly carryout the tasks the administrator gives them. I don't know whether it is possible for the state government to block the game, but I ask the government to take every possible action to save our youngsters," he said.
Replying to his question, CM Pinarayi had said in the Assembly that he would write to the Centre seeking it's intervention to ban the game.