Momo challenge spreads digital panic, All you need to know about this game

NC Network, New Delhi 

After two youngsters fell prey to the online Momo Challenge the West Bengal CID on Tuesday said it is probing the cases of alleged suicide blamed on this online game. The agency claimed that most of the messages received by people inviting them to play this game were fake. 

This game has claimed two lives so far, eighteen-year-old Manish Sarki of Kurseong had hanged himself on August 20 and 26-year-old Aditi Goyal, also from the same area, committed suicide the next day reportedly after playing the Momo game on Whatsapp.

All the numbers from where the messages were sent to the people in the state to play the Momo Challenge were based abroad and an investigation has been initiated into it, the agency said. Nobody in the state has so far reported anything about receiving links leading them to play the Momo Challenge.

Investigation is at a very early stage, he said adding catching those creating fake messages will take time. "We do not have any proof that they committed suicide after playing the Momo Challenge," CID officials said.

On August 21 Jalpaiguri resident Kabita Rai received an invitation over her mobile phone inviting her to play the Momo Challenge following which she had lodged a police complaint. A college student from the district was detained in connection with her complaint.

A woman IT professional in the city had received a similar invitation last week and had approached to the Kolkata Police cyber cell. The CID DIG said that parents should keep a tab on their wards and counsel them in case they spot any change in their behaviour.

The state administration has taken steps to combat the alleged threat. It has asked educational institutes to keep a tab on the behaviour of students and have alerted police stations in the districts to deal with it, officials said.

The 'Momo Challenge' apparently introduced by social networking site after last year's killer 'Blue Whale Challenge', has made headway in several countries. The Game features a grotesque image of a girl with her face distorted and eyes bulging.

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Momo Challege started on facebook where people are asked to speak to an unknown person through an unknwon number. The link of the game however, is circulated through what's app. According to a popular news portal, Momo is a popular social networking sites and uses an image of a doll which has scary features to grab attention from the children. 

The game is considered dangerous because once the victim accepts an invitation to play Momo Challenge, the momo account shares a series of challenges that needs to be completed to finally meet the momo. most of these tasks are violent acts that ends with a suicide. If a victim refuses to accept any challenge they are threatened to dire consequences. 

With inputs from PTI

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