Last week, Rajkot imposed a ban on PUBG citing increasing violent behaviour of children and youth as the reason.
The notice, which was sent out by Rajkot Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal 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.
Since then, 10 people have been arrested for violating the ban. According to News18, The Rajkot Special Operations Group arrested three young men near the Rajkot Police Headquarters.
They were taken into custody and their mobile phones were seized for the purpose of investigation. One of the men arrested works in a private firm, while the others include a casual labourer and a graduate student looking for work.
In an interview with The Indian Express, Police Inspector Rohit Raval said,
Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game. This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them.
The Rajkot taluka police also arrested six college students prior to the above arrests for playing the banned game.
Taking to India Today, Rajkot taluka police inspector V. S. Vanzara, said,
As part of a special drive, police sub-inspector N D Damor arrested the six youths who were playing the game at tea stalls and fast-food joints outside a college on Kalavad road on Tuesday. Police checked their mobile to see if the PUBG game was running and also checked the history in their handset. We have filed six different cases against them
In an interview with News18, Agrawal said,
It is a bailable offence. 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.