More than 10 Arrested for Playing PUBGM, will follow court trial

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

Now, play PUBG in Ahmedabad at your own risk.

Earlier this month, Rajkot Police issued a ban against the popular mobile gaming app - PUBG - in public citing the game to be addictive and harmful to the youngsters. These are the first PUBG Mobile-related arrests in Gujarat following the state government's directive that was issued in January of this year that saw several districts ban the game. Although the imposed ban is temporary and will be lifted on April 30, the consequences of violating the order are serious. However, the notification will be extended, Singh told DNA.

The list of cities where the ban began from started with Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara last week, followed by Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath districts.

"It has been learnt through different mediums that there is a rise in violent tendencies among children and youth because of PUBG game / MOMO challenge".

PUBG, or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, made by South Korean firm Bluehole Inc, is a survival-themed battle game that drops dozens of online players on an island to try and eliminate each other.

The police seized the mobile phones of the individuals for "the objective of investigation" and it has charged the arrested individuals under the Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for violating the notification issued by Police Commissioner and Section 35 for playing PUBG despite ban Gujarat Police Act. The game is also having an impact on studies as well as behaviour, conduct and language of children and youth...

"Explore ways in which you encourage your children towards accepting and understanding technology", he said, addressing a parent's concern regarding PUBG Mobile addiction, "But remember, technology should be used to expand our horizons, not to let it shrink us in our life". Their report states that players will only be arrested if they do not cooperate with the police's demands to turn off the game. Education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama had also written to human resource development ministry, and home ministry seeking a permanent ban on it.

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