PUBG Ban: 10 Arrested in Rajkot for Playing PUBG in Public

PUBG Ban: 10 Arrested in Rajkot for Playing PUBG in Public

Last month, a mother complained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about her son's addiction to online games during a public interaction and he replied: "Is this the PUBG one?"

The detained teenagers were taken into custody but later released with a warning, said Manoj Agrawal, police commissioner of Rajkot city in Gujarat. Those arrested will have to stand trial at a later date.

Other Gujarat cities that are enforcing a PUBG ban right now include Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, and Surat, according to International Business Times. The reason the game has been banned is because it is seen as highly addictive.

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PUBG Mobile has issued a statement on the recent arrests in Rajkot, Gujarat of players, after the game was banned in the city, saying the company is trying to understand the legal basis of the same.

"On Tuesday, our teams arrested six college students playing PUBG game on their mobile phones on Kalavad Road and in Jagannath Chowk area", he said. In fact, 16 students have reportedly been arrested in India for playing the game. The ban against PUBG has been enforced between March 9 and April 30. In consonance with our endeavor to continue promoting responsible gaming experience, we are working on the introduction of a healthy gameplay system in India to promote balanced, responsible gaming, including limiting play time for under-aged players. "To PUBG MOBILE players, we want to assure you that we are on your side and we will try our best to find a reasonable solution", PUBG Mobile said in an email statement.

"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". Speaking with Indian Express, police official Rohit Raval said, "the accused were so engrossed in playing" that they didn't notice the police's approach. The games were adversely affecting the studies and the overall behaviour, conduct and language of children, the notification said. The police have also released instructions to get rid of the game which asks parents to monitor the use of smartphones by their children and even asks students to avoid discussing PUBG with their friends.

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