Cyber-savvy pranksters in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have unleashed a ghost phobia in Tiruchirappalli city leading to a steep drop in school attendance and spreading terror in many households, a news report said yesterday.
The Asian Age newspaper reported the situation was gradually returning to normal after two weeks of panic and rumour mongering after police stepped in with an awareness campaign to expose the internet spook.
It all began when a Tamil-language newspaper carried a story with a photograph showing a young boy posing under a tree with a "ghost" with long loose hair, empty eye sockets and no legs hovering behind.
The story said the boy was part of a picnic group visiting the nearby Pulanjolai Hills area. The story also said he had the picture taken by a classmate who collapsed upon seeing the ghost through the camera viewfinder and later died vomiting blood after seeing the developed film.
The boy whose photograph was taken reportedly went into a coma.
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