A 12-year-old boy died here when he reportedly tried to imitate a suicide scene he had seen in a movie, police said Thursday.

The Class 5 student of a Sarvodaya school, Suhail, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his Jafrabad home in east Delhi Tuesday. His mother made the shocking discovery.

The incident took place when the boy's parents Mohammad Salim and Isha had gone to express condolences over a family friend's death.

The boy was rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital where he was declared dead. He was the only child of his parents.

"A few days ago Suhail had watched a suicide scene in a movie on TV. Curious, he had asked his mother questions about the act and reasons for committing suicide. However, she scolded him," said a police officer.

"After the scolding by his mother, Suhail had started remaining quiet and appeared to be upset. In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine that he would commit suicide," said a police official quoting Salim.

"She scolded him. It is possible that while imitating the act of suicide, he accidentally hung himself," said a police officer quoting the distraught mother Isha.