Rajkot Police Reportedly Arrest 10 for Playing the Game — PUBG Mobile Ban

PUBG’s been banned in India, and at least 16 players have been arrested

Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal on 6 March issued a notification banning the online games PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and "Momo Challenge" in the city. 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.

The police seized the mobile phones of the individuals for "the goal 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.

Ten individuals have already paid a price of such a violation as the Rajkot City Police booked 10 people for playing PUBG Mobile.

Other Gujarat cities that are enforcing a PUBG ban right now include Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, and Surat, according to International Business Times. The police commissioner appealed citizens to contact the nearest police station in case they came across anyone playing PUBG in Ahmedabad city limits. Although the imposed ban is temporary and will be lifted on April 30, the consequences of violating the order are serious.

The ban was announced last week by local authorities to combat what they called the spread of "violent traits" in kids playing PUBG and "Momo challenge", a so-called suicide game.

Three of the men were arrested on Wednesday, "Our team caught these youths red-handed". "This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them".

Of the 10 arrested, six are already out on bail. "The game affects their studies, and also on their behaviour, and development", the notification read explaining the reasons for the ban on the two games. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game.

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