Police detain 10 teenagers in India for playing banned video game

Nellie Chapman
March 15, 2019

Six university students have been arrested in Gujrat for playing the uber-popular smartphone game, PUBG.

A few Indian cities have now placed a ban on PUBG Mobile. Police said the accused did not even realise that the police team was approaching them to make arrests while playing PUBG Mobile. "We are working to understand the legal basis of such bans, and hope we can have a constructive dialogue with relevant authorities to explain our objectives and that they withdraw the prohibition", said the statement. PUBG Mobile recently hosted its biggest tournament PUBG Mobile India Series 2019 where winners were rewarded from a prize pool of 1 crore INR. Police stations were asked to implement the ban and arrest those who were still playing these games, Rajkot taluka police inspector V S Vanzara said, reported PTI.

All ten students were released on bail later that day. The order was issued on March 6 in a notification. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner. "In consonance with our endeavour 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", PUBG Mobile added. "We have registered two cases against them under IPC Section 188 for violating the notification", said the Police Inspector.

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The police report announcing the ban says that "Due to these games, the education of children and youth are being affected and it affects the behaviour, manners, speech and development of the youth and children".

On January 23, Gujarat become the only state to ban the game. "As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology", he said.

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