After students, PUBG Mobile is now banned for CRPF troops

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on May 14 2019
After students, PUBG Mobile is now banned for CRPF troops
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CRPF bans PUBG Mobile for its troops.

Citing an internal survey, it is claimed that the game is affecting operational capabilities of the troops.

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At some point or the other, most of us would have thought about how good military personnel will be at playing PUBG. Well, it seems that they are indeed good at the battle royale game, however, PUBG is apparently affecting them dearly. The Central Reserve Police Force, or CRPF, has instructed its commanding officers to enforce a ban on troops playing PUBG on their mobile phones. According to a report, the armed forces’ internal survey has revealed that jawans are getting “addicted” to the online gaming app which is “affecting their operational capabilities”.

“Many of them have stopped socialising with their fellow jawans. It has also led to sleep deprivation because of reduced physical activity,” a senior CRPF officer posted in CRPF’s Delhi headquarters was quoted as saying. Another officer said that “a violent game like PUBG has led to aggressive thoughts, emotions and behaviour, affecting the jawans’ mental well-being. Spending most of their time on the virtual game has left them socially inactive.” Apparently, several jawans have isolated themselves from the real world, “which is dangerous for physical and mental health”.

On May 6, Bihar unit of CRPF issued an order detailing the situation, as well as listing out instructions for senior officers. “It has been reportedly learnt that CRPF troops, young personnel are addicted to PUBG app. It’s a game app and getting these men addicted to it and getting them engaged to great extent which is affecting their ops performance, aggressive and attitudinal issues,” the order said.

“All deputy inspectors-general (DIGs) to ensure and instruct all unit/company personnel under your command to get it deleted/deactivated such apps from their mobile phones. All company commanders will ensure that this app is deleted in all phones and random check of phones should be done,” the circular, sent to all CRPF formations and the force’s anti-insurgency CoBRA unit, added.

PUBG Mobile was temporarily banned by the city administration of Rajkot and later by the district authorities of Gujarat in Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath. According to reports that followed the ban, ten players were arrested for playing PUBG Mobile in public spots like cinemas and colleges. Hyderabad-based Forum Against Corruption is also working to get a ban on PUBG Mobile in schools. Earlier this year, a class 9 Hyderabad student was given psychiatric medication for PUBG Mobile addiction.

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