Rajkot: Police Has Arrested 10 People for Playing PUBG
The online game has been banned in several cities across India for being "violent" and "addictive".
As per a report in the Indian Express on March 14, the Rajkot police have arrested ten people for playing mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, more commonly known as PUBG, in the last two days. Last week, on March 6, the police had reportedly issued a notification and declared a ban on the game.
The Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal told the Indian Express that 12 cases had been registered so far. “But it is a bailable offence. People have been booked, but there is nothing like arrest in it. In the procedure, they will be shown as immediately bailed out by police. The case will go to the courts, and there will be a trial for not following the notification issued,” the report quotes him as saying.
On Wednesday, the Rajkot Special Operations Group (SGO) arrested three young men “red-handed,” who were found playing the game near the police headquarters. SOG inspector Rohit Raval said that the cases had been registered. “Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” he said, adding that two cases had been registered against the — under IPC Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and Section 35 (When such an act is criminal by reason of its being done with a criminal knowledge or intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Interestingly, the report adds that the police claimed the mobile phones were seized “for investigation.” “This game is highly addictive, and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them,” Raval added.
Reportedly, the three arrests were made a day after the Rajkot taluka police said that they had arrested six college students for playing the banned game on Tuesday. “As part of a special drive, police sub-inspector ND Damor arrested the six youths who were playing the game at tea stalls and fast-food joints outside a college on Kalavad road on Tuesday,” said Rajkot taluka police inspector VS Vanzara.
The six who have now been granted bail had to get their mobiles “checked” by the police to see if PUBG was running on them. “Police checked their mobile to see if the PUBG game was running and also checked the history in their handset. We have filed six different cases against them.” Vanzara added.
Reportedly, according to the notification issued by the Rajkot police, the game induces a “violent-attitude” among the youth, apart from impacting “their studies, behaviour, conduct and language.” The notification shared in the Express report adds, “Keeping in mind public safety security and to maintain law and order, I hereby impose a ban on playing PUBG game/MOMO challenge.”
Furthermore, those aware of someone playing PUBG and not reporting it to the authorities is “liable for an equal amount of violation,” according to the police commissioner per the report.
As per reports, the popular online game has often been accused of “spoiling children” as well as youngsters with its “violent” gameplay. Various colleges and district education authorities, India Today reported, have reportedly deployed personnel to ensure PUBG is not being played in campuses. As per Business Today, however, PUBG has decided to implement digital lock that will lock out players under the age of 13 — they would have to seek the permission of their guardians or parents to open the game for them.