Cuttack: At a time when the Commissionerate Police is sensitising people and expediting measures to eliminate the crimes related to ‘MOMO Challenge’, police today recovered the body of a youth from an under-construction club house at Umara Gaon village in Mahanga area of the district. The deceased has been identified as Umakant Behera.
It was an absolute shocker for his family members when they found the Momo App downloaded in his mobile phone, sources said.
According to his family, Umakant had been staying in Chennai and returned home just two months back. However, he was found hanging in the under-construction club house this morning.
Soon, they informed Mahanga police and lodged a complaint with them alleging that their son committed suicide after playing the deadly game.
On the other hand, the Mahanga police has initiated an investigation into the incident based on the complaint filed by Behera's family members.
However, it could not be ascertained whether the family found any unusual behaviour or mood swings in Umakant after he returned from Chennai.
In MOMO Challenge, one unknown number having the profile of a girl’s distorted face with protruding eyes and wide mouth appears with a WhatsApp invitation from an unknown number.
As per reports, the perpetrators of this horrific crime monitor the status and profiles of people on social networking websites to target people with suicidal tendencies.