Students Arrested For Playing PUBG In Gujarat, India

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

Their report states that players will only be arrested if they do not cooperate with the police's demands to turn off the game.

Ten individuals have already paid a price of such a violation as the Rajkot City Police booked 10 people for playing PUBG Mobile. The ban will only continue until March 30th, according to IBTimes. That's because it believes these forces of mass distraction are adversely affecting students' academic performance, and could cause them to fare poorly at their exams (which typically run during these two months).

Rajkot police commissioner Manoj Agrawal told The Indian Express that a total of 12 cases of PUBG-related offenses had been made so far, and that the offenders were immediately bailed by police. They'll have to appear in court, though, and face a trial for not adhering to the ban.

As per the police commissioner's notification, the ban was necessary as these games were leading to violent behaviour among children and youth.

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After the Gujarat government asked all districts to ban PUBG Mobile in all school premises across the state, Rajkot City Police took the matters to another level and banned the game completely in the city. "This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them".

Three of the men were arrested on Wednesday, "Our team caught these youths red-handed".

But concern has been raised in other parts of the country, where close to half a billion people are online and cheap smartphones and data plans are bringing more first-time users into the digital realm.

The police also checked the mobile history of those affected, verifying that the game was still being played. MOMO challenge was also banned. "Keeping in mind public safety security and to maintain law and order, I hereby impose a ban on playing PUBG game/MOMO challenge", read the original notification.

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