April 23, 2018

Three youngsters under FIA’s interrogation in connection with Bluewhale game

ISLAMABAD: The Cyber Wing, NR3C, of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) interrogated three students allegedly for playing Bluewhale game. 

As per detail, these students were interrogated by FIA on the tip of USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.

Earlier, Geo News reported that the youngsters were arrested allegedly for kidnapping youth as part of blue whale game tasks.

In a separate case, Dunya News reported that suspects involved in notorious knife attacks against women might be doing so to fulfill tasks of blue whale game.

However, NR3C’s Deputy Director Shahid Hussain denied media reports regarding arrest of students. “There is no specific complaint under consideration regarding Bluewhale game”, he said adding that the cybercrime wing was examining the reasons why such dangerous tasks were accepted by teenagers.

Another FIA official said that FIA was not mandated to arrest anyone until his act attracted any offense.

Later, talking to Anchorperson Nadeem Malik on Samaa TV, Mr.Hussain said that three students were only interrogated to determine the reason for potentially dangerous challenge.

“A minor group of teenagers were intercepted by FBI and FIA was informed through Interpol,” the official said, adding that these students assigned different tasks in a group to each other using an app.” He also said that a group of minor students had decided to accept similar tasks after watching a wrestling game.

Furthermore, NR3C’s DD Shahid Hussain said that through forensic audit, cybercrime wing would try to determine reasons why these minors became involved in the game. He expressed his fear that militant organizations could target children through internet to
achieve their vested interests.

Additionally, Mr. Hussain emphasized that FIA did not come across a case where someone was a direct victim of blue whale game.

Mr. Shahid also noted that a suicide case in DHA Lahore was brought into FIA’s attention but so far no forensic report could ascertain this notion that the boy consumed kill-pills as part of Bluewhale tasks.  “No formal complaint has been filed before FIA cybercrime wing regarding Bluewhale game,” he replied to a question.

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A. Khan is a senior journalist with more than 8 years of experience covering important issues within Political and IT beat. In the past, he had also worked with renowned English Newspapers including Express Tribune.

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