The Federal Investigation Agency’s Cyber Crime Wing has told that the teenagers who were arrested under the suspicion of engaging in the Blue Whale challenge, were playing an entirely different game.
Deputy Director Shahid Hassan on Thursday said that the teenagers were playing ‘Snapshot’: a game in which users challenge each other to different bets and tasks.
He shared that the teenagers had challenged their friend to rescue himself after tying him up.
As part of the game, the teenagers had tied the hands and feet of their friend, taped his mouth shut and released their video on a social networking site. He was then put in the trunk of a car and tasked with freeing himself and getting out.
The initial investigation revealed that a 14-year-old boy took his mother’s phone, made the video of the ‘kidnapping’ and uploaded it on social media.
However, once the video surfaced, FIA wrote a letter to Interpol asking for information regarding the video. The FIA nabbed the suspects on the directives of Ministry of Interior.
FIA informed that since the suspects are under 15 years of age, special permission will be taken from FIA DG for their arrest.
All the suspects and their parents have been summoned by the FIA.
It is worth mentioning here that on Wednesday, the FIA took into custody three suspects from Lahore for playing the Blue Whale game, who had confessed to having kidnapped a youth, the agency said.