Two men engrossed in playing PUBG Mobile near the railway tracks lost their lives after they were run over by a train. The incident took place in Maharashtra's Hingoli district. The deceased persons were identified as Nagesh Gore (24) and Swapnil Annapurne (22).
Both of them were playing PUBG near the railway tracks. They were run over by the Hyderabad-Ajmer train. Their bodies were found late at night by people living in the vicinity. Hingoli police have registered an accidental death report.
Of late, PUBG Mobile is at the centre of controversy due to many such shocking incidents that have come to limelight. Recently, a 25-year old PUBG addict in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh reached out for acid instead of water and drank it.
Many experts have labelled the game of PUBG as violent and addictive in nature. Earlier, a man attacked his fiancee's brother with a knife after draining out his cell phone's battery while playing PUBG. This is the extent to which the addiction to the game has reached, especially in India where parents have often been seen concerned about their children's addiction to mobile gaming.
Last month, An 18-year-old teenager in Mumbai recently committed suicide when his parents refused to buy him a new mobile phone to play PUBG.
In the last couple of weeks, Gujarat police have arrested many people including college students for playing PUBG Mobile. Rajkot Police imposed the ban following March 6 notification issued by Rajkot Police Commissioner Manoj Agarwal. All these arrests were made under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In a statement, PUBG Mobile said that the game is meant for entertainment and should be played in a "healthy and responsible manner." PUBG Mobile is working to introduce what it calls "a healthy game system" by restricting play time for under-aged players. PUBG Mobile has assured players that they will find a solution to this.
(With PTI inputs)