Ten arrested in India for playing PUBG mobile game

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

"People have been booked but there is nothing like an arrest in it", Agarwal said.

Ten arrests were initially reported in Rajkot by The Indian Express, though police commissioner Manoj Agrawal notes that "it is a bailable offence".

Police in Gujarat have not banned Fortnite, a popular rival to PUBG developed by USA -based Epic Games.

Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game - which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world. "We have registered two cases against them under IPC Section 188 for violating the notification issued by Police Commissioner and under Section 35 of the Rajkot police arrests 10 for playing PUBG despite ban Gujarat Police Act", SOG police inspector Rohit Raval told The Indian Express.

What makes the arrests more "interesting" is the fact that players were so engaged in playing PUBG that they didn't notice the police team approaching them.

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.

"Our team caught these youths red-handed". They were also asked to advise parents to keep an eye on children against the highly addictive game.

It is safe to assume that the online multiplayer game PUBG (Player Unknown's Battlegrounds) is not just a mere "craze".

Of the 10 arrested, six are already out on bail.

The police also checked the mobile history of those affected, verifying that the game was still being played. The notification highlights that games like PUBG incite violence.

"Keeping in mind public safety and security, and to ensure that law and order situation is maintained, a ban is placed on playing PUBG and Momo challenge in Ahmedabad city police limits", the notification read. The games were adversely affecting the studies and the overall behaviour, conduct and language of children, the notification said.

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