Blue Whale game survivor: Wanted to get out but I couldn't

Alexander, 22, rescued by cops just as he was about to carve the whale motif into his arm, recounts horrors of the game

Illustration/Ravi Jadhav
Illustration/Ravi Jadhav

The 22-year-old man who was rescued while playing the dreaded Blue Whale game in Karaikal, recounted his horrific experience on Thursday and appealed to the youths not to try the game on any account.

Cops rescued Alexander, who hails from Neravy, on Tuesday. He said he chose to meet the media to explain the dangers involved in the game and to dissuade others from playing it.

The fatal link
He revealed that he received the link to play the game on a WhatsApp group formed by his colleagues, two weeks ago. He started playing the game when he had come to Neravy on leave. "It is not an app or a game to be downloaded. It is just a link customised for individuals playing the game by the Blue Whale admin," he said, adding that after starting to play the game, he did not return to Chennai to join duty.

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"The tasks given by the admin are to be completed only after 2 am every day. The first few days went into posting personal details and photographs, which were collected by the blue whale admin," he added.

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Cemetery visit
A few days back, Alexander was asked to visit a nearby graveyard at midnight and take a selfie and post it online. "I went to the Akkaraivattam graveyard around midnight, took a selfie and posted it. Every day, I had to watch horror movies alone, as the idea was to make victims shun fear. I avoided talking to people at home and remained confined to my room. It was mentally taxing. Though I wanted to get out of the game, I could not do so," he said.

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Fortunately, his brother Ajith, who noticed behavioural changes in him informed the police, who visited his residence at 4 am on Tuesday and rescued Alexander just as he was about to draw the image of a fish with a knife on his arm.

Stating that he was stable following the counselling sessions, Alexander appealed to fellow youths to never try the game. "It is a virtual death trap. You will go though an agonising experience. Even those who seek adventures, will be mentally affected," he warned. SP Vamseedhar Reddy was present at the press conference.

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  • nishath07-Sep-2017

    He was fortunate to stayed at home and not rejoined work. He was even more fortunate that people in his house had time and cared about the changes he was going through. It is a loud warning to parents to be in touch with their children, to warn children not to share any information on unknown sites for any reason.

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