Rajkot: A week after police issued notification of banning one of the most popular multiplayer mobile game PUBG citing it to be addictive and harmful, the police have now arrested ten people for playing the game in the last two days.
Rajkot Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal, who had banned the game in the city, said “But it is a bailable offense. 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,” said Agrawal. He said that till now 12 cases have been registered.
According to March 6 notification, the new ban has been implemented from March 9 till April 30.
The notice had mentioned that anyone could report an instance of someone playing PUBG and the latter may face prosecution under the Central Government Act under Section 188.
“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game. 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. This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them,” said police inspector Rohit Raval as quoted by News 18.
The latest to be arrested include, a private firm employee, a graduate, a casual labour, according to an Indian Express report. This development comes a day after six college students were arrested for playing the game from the same district.
PUBG is currently banned in Rajkot, Surat, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar.