Daijiworld Media Network – Beltangady (MS)
Beltangady, Jan 31: A student of a private college of the taluk killed himself as a person, whom the student got acquainted with on Instagram, threatened to make his private video viral on social media.
The deceased is identified as Harshith (19), a resident of Ashoknagar, Dharmasthala village and student of second BCom of a private college.
Harshith had come in contact with a stranger through his Instagram account 15 days ago. They used to chat with each other. After some days, the stranger called Harshith and said that he has the personal video of Harshith and he will make it viral and demanded for Rs 11,000.
Harshith asked the person to give him time till January 23 to accumulate the amount. However, he could not gather the funds till the afternoon of January 24. Out of fear of his video going viral, Harshith consumed poison. He was admitted to private hospital in Ujire and later shifted to Mangaluru for higher treatment. However, he succumbed on January 29 evening.
Harshith had given the information to police while he was in hospital. But it is not known, which stranger threatened him. A case in this connection is filed in Dharmasthala police station.