Chennai: A Class XI student ended his life at his house in Old Washermenpet on Sunday. Police said the 16-year-old boy was upset as his parents hid his mobile phone to prevent him from playing games on it at all hours.
The deceased was identified as S Vimal Kumar, a student at a school in Kondithope.
Kumar’s father Siva and other family members were attending the funeral of a relative in the city on Sunday, leaving Kumar home alone. Police said the boy seemed addicted to gaming on his mobile and this led to Siva hiding the device.
An officer said Kumar searched all over the house, but couldn’t find it and grew more upset. When his parents returned home on Sunday, they found the door locked and no response from Kumar. Worried, they broke open the door only to find their son dead.
On information, a team from the Old Washermenpet police station recovered the boy’s body and sent it to the Government Stanley Hospital (GSH) for postmortem. Further investigations are on.
(Assistance for those battling depression and suicidal thoughts is available on Tamil Nadu’s health helpline 104 and Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050)