PUBG Mobile, one of the most played games across the globe including India seems to be making headlines in the country for all good and bad reasons. The game was banned by the government of India back in September 2020, seeking national security concern. In the latest report, a twelve-year-old boy was found dead hours after missing from home in the Mangaluru district of Karnataka. According to the Mangaluru City Police report, the deceased boy was found 500 meters away from his home with injury marks on his face.
The Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N Shashikumar stated that Mohammed Akif, son of Hanif left his house around 8:40 PM on Saturday. Shashikumar also confirmed that the boy was talking to his friend over a phone call.
“Primary investigation into this very unfortunate incident indicates that the deceased, Mohammed Akif, son of Hanif, a lorry driver, was addicted to PUBG video games. He had met the suspect, who has been identified as a minor, at a mobile store three months ago after which they started to keep contact and play the game online,” The Indian Express quoted N Shashikumar.
Further, he confirmed that Akif’s 17-year-old friend is suspected to have killed him over a PUBG match on the same evening and the suspect has been taken into custody. “A 17-year-old boy has been taken into custody for further interrogation as the primary investigation revealed that he was the one who played the game last with the victim at the ground near his house on Saturday night. More facts are being ascertained,” Shashikumar added.
According to the police statement, the accused has covered the deceased body with leaves and coconut fronds. It was reported that the body was found around 7 AM on Sunday on the ground behind a school which is situated 500 meters away from Akif’s house. The victim’s father went out of a search after 10 PM on Saturday, later he filed a missing complaint at the local police station. “The victim is said to have been winning PUBG games that he played with the accused, consistently. This led the accused to believe that he was taking the help of someone else to win,” The Indian Express quoted a local police officer.
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