14-year-old boy dies by suicide in Mumbai, police suspect gaming addiction

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A 14-year-old boy died by suicide in Central Mumbai’s Hindmata area on Sunday. The Mumbai police suspected the addiction of online Free Fire which could lead to the boy’s suicide. The game was banned recently by the government of India but the boy was still playing the game.

According to the police, the boy’s father, working in a private construction company as a designer, received a call from his son on Sunday evening at 7.22 pm. Since he was traveling with his wife, he could not receive the call. When the father called back a few minutes later, the boy didn’t respond to his phone calls.

After returning to the house, he found the boy’s room locked from inside. The father unlocked the door to find that the boy died by suicide. The police were informed about the incident and the body was sent to KEM Hospital for post-mortem.

Vijay Patil, the deputy commissioner of police, said, “Preliminary probe has revealed that the boy was addicted to Free Fire online game, but what exactly triggered him to take the extreme step is still a mystery.”

The police are investigating for the reason that could have led the boy to take this step. Although the parents and school denied any game addiction within the boy and that he was a bright student and fond of cricket.

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