A 16-year-old boy from Hyderabad had faked his own kidnapping and asked his parents to pay Rs 3 lakh as ransom, ANI reported. When the police were investigating the abduction, it was found that the boy faked his kidnapping and made the ransom call to his parents from a different mobile phone. According to the police, the minor boy was a PUBG addict and left his house after his mother confiscated his mobile phone to wean the boy away from the game. He was found at the bus terminal in Hyderabad on October 14 when he was about to leave for his grandparents' house in Andhra Pradesh, after which he was handed over to his parents.
A teenager killed his father for not allowing him to play PUBG in Belgaum, Karnataka, reported ANI. The incident took place at Siddheshwar Nagar which comes under Kakati police station on September 9.The deceased was identified as Shankar, a retired police personnel. The police said the accused, Raghuveer Kumbhar killed Shankar by cutting him into pieces for disconnecting the internet. The accused also hit his father before killing him for not allowing him to play PUBG.
A 21-year-old youth died after he slipped and fell into a pond in Vasai, while being engrossed in PUBG on the night of August 27. The incident came to light the next day when his mother iled a missing person complaint with the Waliv police. According to the police, the deceased, identified as Akash Dixit alias Akash Jha, was playing the game sitting by the pond near his house at Dhaniv Vasai Fata. When his mother called him, he told her he would return only after finishing the game. When he did not return home until the next morning, she called his friends to know his whereabouts and went searching for him. Unable to find him, she approached the Waliv police and filed a missing complaint. Later that day, cops found his body floating in the pond. When his mother was informed, she rushed to the spot and jumped into the pond. When she started drowning, the locals along with fire brigade officials jumped in and saved her, the police said.
In August this year, a man was stabbed by his friend with a chopper knife for refusing to give his smartphone to the accused who wanted to play PUBG. The incident took place in Hadapsar near Pune when the victim, identified as Sunil Mane (19) was playing the game. The arrested persons identified as Sunny Pandurang Londhe (18) and Kiran Wankhade (22), both residents of Dawarinagar in Hadapsar, and Hemantsingh Rajput (24) demanded Mane let them play the game. When Mane refused to give his phone, they started hurling abuses at him. After a war of words, Wankhade pulled out a chopper knife in a fit of rage and stabbed Mane on his head. He also threatened to kill him. Rajput, who resides in Mohammadwadi, reported the incident to the police that led to the arrests. Both Wankhade and Rajput have been charged under section 307 (attempt to murder) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Mane was then said to be recuperating in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital in Hadapsar.
A 15-year-old boy from Bhiwandi allegedly stabbed his elder brother to death for scolding him for playing PUBG. The boy got enraged when his elder brother, Mohammad Shaikh (19), asked him to stop playing the game on his mobile phone, police said. The accused allegedly banged the victim against the wall and stabbed him repeatedly with scissors, the officer said.
A Class 10 student in Telangana allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence after his parents scolded him for playing PUBG, said police. The deceased identified as Kallakuri Sambashiva lived in Malkajgiri area of Secunderabad. The matter came to light after the police received information in wee hours of June 25 that a boy in the area had committed suicide.
In February this year, an 18-year-old boy had allegedly committed suicide in Mumbai after he had an argument with his family members over buying a new mobile phone for playing PUBG.
In March this year, two persons engrossed in playing PUBG were knocked down by a train in Hingoli district in Maharashtra. According to the police, the incident happened at Khatkali Bypass in Hingoli on March 16. "Nagesh Gore (24) and Swapnil Annapurne (22) 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," he said.
After the Ahmedabad police commissioner had issued a notification banning the Player Unknown's Battleground game in the district with effect from March 14, the local police arrested three persons for allegedly playing the video game on their mobile phones despite a ban, PTI reported. Several persons were arrested across the state after the police in different districts banned the online multi-player game on the ground that it was leading to violent behaviour among children and youth.
A 19-year-old youth died while playing PUBG on his mobile phone in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar district, police sources were quoted in an IANS report on July 23. The incident took place when Asim Bashir of Kanipora area had gone to his friend's house on Thursday in Chanapora outskirts of Srinagar city. The family of Asim's friend was waiting for him in the morning for breakfast, but he had reportedly fallen unconscious while playing the game during the intervening night of July 25 and July 26. He was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
An eight-year-old boy was found hanging from the ceiling fan on June 20 in Jharkhand, IANS reported. Although the reason for the suicide is not clear, it is suspected that the boy committed suicide under the influence of PUBG.
A 16-year-old boy in Madhya Pradesh died of cardiac arrest after playing PUBG continuously for six hours on May 26, reported ANI. According to the family, the deceased, identified as Furkhan Qureshi, a class 12 student was heard shouting, "carry out the blast... carry out the blast," after which he threw his headphones and cried saying, "Ayan, I will not play with you. I lost the game because of you!" His sister was sitting besides him at the time of the incident. He then collapsed after which he was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. A doctor at the hospital said that the excitement of the game caused an adrenaline surge that led to cardiac arrest. He added that Furkhan was brought to the hospital without a pulse and doctors tried to revive him, but failed to do so.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG is an online multiplayer game that has gained momentum among the youth over the past year. Even as this has been one of the most engaging video games, it has also got many of the gamers into trouble. While some have died owing to over-playing the video game, others have met with freak accidents and even murdered their kin. Here are some of the most bizarre cases.
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