The Rajkot Police Force issued a ban on the beloved mobile game- PUBG for the general public on March 7, stating the game to be highly addictive to the youth. The ban is supposed to be imposed between the dates March 9th and April 30th. Following this, the districts of Gir Somnath and Bhavnagar followed the same and issued a ban of PUBG to being played in public. Later, the same ban had been issued across the whole state of Gujarat by the State Government, banning the game to be played in all the primary schools in the state.
According to reports, 6 of the arrested individuals were part of a graduate course. They were arrested for the violation of the ban on PUBG for playing the game in public at a fast-food joint near their college on the Kalavad road area of the city on Tuesday.
The Rajkot Special Operations Group (SGO) arrested three men later for playing PUBG in public. The three men include a graduate student, a laborer and a man working at a private firm in the same city. According to the official reports, these arrests were made on the next day of the arrest of the six students by the Rajkot Taluka Police Force for breaking the terms of the ban. Following these arrests, a 25-year old resident of Sattu Bazaar was arrested by the police for the same reason near Kalavad road.
The mobile phones of all the arrested individuals have been seized for investigative purposes. They are being charged under the Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for violating the notification issued by Police Commissioner and Section 35 for playing PUBG despite ban Gujarat Police Act.
SOG police inspector Rohit Raval told the media that,
This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them.
However, the six students have already been released on bail, the others are underway the process of being released.