In a shocking case of gaming addiction, a 16-year-old boy from Madhya Pradesh died after constantly playing online game PlayersUnknown Battleground (PUBG). Furkhan Qureshi from Neemuch town, reportedly, played a video game on his mobile for six hours at a stretch. According to his family, Furkhan was in class 12 and started playing the game post lunch.
Furkhan’s sister, Fiza Qureshi was sitting beside him when this incident happened. She said, “My brother was playing PUBG with some of his friends. Suddenly, he started shouting ‘carry out the blast..carry out blast’. Then he threw his earphones and mobile and cried saying “I will not play with you’. I lost the game because of you.”
Dr Ashok Jain, a cardiologist said, “The death was caused possibly by severe cardiac arrest triggered by sudden, but deep shock. It’s possible that since the teenager had been playing the game for long hours at a stretch, he could have delved into some kind of syndrome from which it was difficult to come out”.
This is not the first time that the game is in an unfavourable light for its addiction. Earlier, a 20-year-old boy from Telangana died after he suffered severe neck pain after constantly playing PUBG. According to reports, the boy had been constantly playing the game for the last 45 days.
In another case, two young men lost their lives on the railway tracks in Maharashtra after a train ran over them while they were busy playing PUBG alongside the tracks.
Multiple cities in India had earlier banned PUBG and police in some cities had also arrested as many as 20 people for playing the game despite the ban. The National Child Rights Commission had also recommended barring the game for its violent nature. Gujarat Police has also requested Google to remove PUBG game from the play store and prevent its download in the jurisdiction of Rajkot city.