The district police yesterday intercepted a Pune-bound state transport bus in which the teenager was travelling, near Bhigwan on an information given by their Solapur counterparts.
"As soon as we were informed by our counterparts in Solapur, we intercepted the bus and rescued the boy, who was on his way to complete a task given by the Blue Whale Challenge game," a Bhigwan police station officer said.
He said the boy appeared "lost" and was silent when the police took him with them.
"The boy's businessman father came to the police station and took him home," the officer said.
According to him, the Class 9 student was addicted to the game, where a player is given different tasks by his handlers.
"After the boy went missing, his parents started inquiring with his friends when they came to know that he was playing the 'Blue Whale Challenge'," the official said.
Yesterday, a 13-year-old boy hooked to the game tried to jump off the third floor of his school in Indore but fellow students thwarted his attempt, police said.
The Blue Whale Game also "Blue Whale Challenge" is an Internet "game" allegedly comprising a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide
The online game originated in Russia.
A couple of days ago, a 14-year-old boy ended his life by jumping off the fifth floor of a building in suburban Andheri allegedly after playing the ‘Blue Whale’ game. The teen’s friends reportedly told the police he had discussed the game on WhatsApp.
Shortly after the Mumbai incident, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had told the Legislative Assembly that a probe would be conducted and that they would request the Centre to ban the game.
Two days ago, the Kerala government had said it would ask the Centre to ban the online ‘Blue Whale’ game in the country, citing reports of a large number of children getting addicted to the game that was allegedly abetting their suicide worldwide.
Hours before the Pune incident, apparently playing the infamous online game `Blue Whale challenge’, a 13-year-old boy on Thursday tried to jump off the third floor of his school in Indore, but fellow students thwarted his attempt, police said.