Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

19 arrested in Gujarat’s Rajkot for playing banned mobile game PUBG

19 arrested in Gujarat’s Rajkot for playing banned mobile game PUBG

Three more arrests were made from nearby Police Headquarters and the police even seized their phones "for the objective of investigation".

PUBG Mobile players were warned of serious consequences for violating a ban in four Gujarat cities, including Rajkot, Surat, Gir Somnath and Bhavnagar.

"As part of a special drive, police sub-inspector N D 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 V S Vanzara was quoted as saying.

Three of the men were arrested on Wednesday, "Our team caught these youths red-handed". They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game.

On March 6, a notification was issued stating that PUBG Mobile and the MOMO Challenge were banned, the report added.

The ban was announced last week by local authorities to combat what they called the spread of "violent traits" in kids playing the game. The ban against PUBG has been enforced between March 9 and April 30.

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The ban was reportedly issued due to concerns about the game's impact on players' "behavior, conduct, and language".

The authorities in Rajkot in the state of Gujarat recently imposed a ban on popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile after claims of negative effects on underage persons.

Notably, the ban on PUBG in various districts of Gujarat follows an order issued by the Gujarat state government, which banned the game from being played in the primary schools across the state. One official said the accused were so engrossed in the game that they didn't notice officers approaching.

It's not the first time we've heard about police taking action over PUBG, as Chinese authorities arrested many cheat makers starting a year ago - but this is the first we've heard about arrests over just playing the game. People have been booked but there is nothing like arrest in it.

The company also reassured its players that they are on their side and will try their best to find a reasonable solution.

"As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology".

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