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14 Mar 2019

PUBG ban: 10 arrested in Rajkot for playing "addictive game"

Rajkot Police arrest ten for playing PUBG

In the last two days, Rajkot Police have arrested 10 people for playing the multi-player online game PUBG, said reports.

The arrest came days after Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal banned the super-addictive game on March 6. Agrawal claimed the offense was "bailable" and there was "nothing like arrests".

Out of the 10 "accused", six are undergraduate students.

Here's what went down.

In context

Rajkot Police arrest ten for playing PUBG
PUBG banned in Rajkot till March 30

Ban

PUBG banned in Rajkot till March 30

The online game is banned in the Gujarat city till March 30, the notification by police read.

During this time span, citizens can complain against anyone playing PUBG. The "offenders" will be booked under IPC Section 188. The section states that those disobeying the order of a promulgated authority can be imprisoned or fined or both.

Following Rajkot's example, several other cities banned PUBG.

Exemption

Police officers were exempted from the ban

Apart from PUBG, Rajkot authorities also banned the viral "MOMO challenge".

The circular reportedly highlighted that PUBG incited violence among players, most of whom were school-going kids and also affected their academic performance.

However, the ban wasn't extended to police officers as they would need to "play the game" during investigations. Research institutions were also exempted from the ban.

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Police caught three men playing PUBG

Arrests

Police caught three men playing PUBG

Following the order, Rajkot Police arrested three men near the police headquarters. The men were "caught red-handed".

"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," said Special Operations Group (SGO) inspector Rohit Raval.

The phones of the men were seized for "investigation".

Details

Men didn't even realize police officers were approaching them

Raval revealed that the men were so engrossed in playing the game that they didn't even notice police officers were approaching them.

Six students, who were playing the game outside a college on Kalavad road, were also arrested.

"Police checked their mobile to see if the PUBG game was running and also checked the history in their handset," said inspector VS Vanzara.

A 25-year-old was also arrested

Crackdown

A 25-year-old was also arrested

The nine who were arrested have been identified as Chirag Sakaria, Yakub Pathan, Rameez Falani, Madhav Vyas, Yash Joshi, Neel Adhera, Harnish Panchal, Kalpesh Rathod, and Harkishan Bangrotia. Notably, the six students were granted bail.

The tenth arrest was that of a 25-year-old resident of Satta Bazar.

"We want to send a stern message that notification won't be on paper," a senior officer said.

Offenders will be tried for violating notification: Agrawal

About police's action, Agrawal said, "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 courts and there will be a trial for violating notification."

Breaking law

Bystanders will also be booked if they remain silent

Further, Agrawal added bystanders will also be held liable if they fail to notify authorities that someone is playing PUBG. "This is more important not for bystanders but for parents and teachers," he stressed.

Notably, the game has also been banned in Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath districts.

Earlier, the Gujarat government had banned the game in all primary schools, saying it was harmful.

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How many people have been arrested by Rajkot police for playing PUBG?

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Till when will PUBG remain banned in Rajkot?

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When did Rajkot police ban PUBG?

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Rajkot police banned PUBG on March 6.

How many people have been arrested by Rajkot police for playing PUBG?

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10 people have been arrested so far. Out of them, six are undergraduate students.

Will the arrested people get bail?

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Yes. The arrested people will get bail. However, they will be tried in courts for violating the notification.

Till when will PUBG remain banned in Rajkot?

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PUBG will stay banned till March 30.

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