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10 arrested in Gujarat for playing PUBG
Posted 14 Mar 2019 04:28 PM

Agencies

The arrests occurred on Wednesday evening in Ahmedabad where the local authorities enforced an outright ban on PUBG last week over concerns about its impact on the account of “behaviour, conduct and mostly the language” of those playing in it.

Gujarat police have arrested around 10 university students for playing PUBG, the hugely popular smartphone game described by one minister as a “demon in every house”.


The students were released on bail later the same day, police inspector V.S. Vanzara said on Thursday.

Another police official Rohit Raval, told the Indian Express newspaper that the game was highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing that they did not even see police approaching.

Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world.

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 platform.

Parents and educators says that the game incites violence and distracts students from their studies.

A minister in coastal Goa state described the PUBG as “a demon in every house”. 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?”

Often likened to the blockbuster book and film series “The Hunger Games”, PUBG is free to download and pits players stranded on islands against one another in a virtual fight to the death.

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