Police have picked up a 17-year-old boy for questioning in the case. It is suspected that the boys were playing the game together after an accidental meeting at a mobile store in Mangaluru three months ago. It could not be confirmed if the boys were playing PUBG or one of its many variants flooding the cyberspace after the original game was proscribed last year.
Terming the incident ‘unfortunate’, Mangaluru City police commissioner N Shashi Kumar told reporters here on Sunday that preliminary investigation revealed that the boy, identified as Mohammed Akif, son of lorry driver Haneef, used to play PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) with a few acquaintances.
Police quoting parents said the boy, a Class 6 student at Falah School here, left home around 8.45pm on Saturday, speaking over the phone.
Teen hit boy with stone after he lost PUBG game: Police
When the boy did not return home, his family looked for him before filing a complaint with police.
Around 7am on Sunday, a police team found the boy’s body behind a school, close to his house, covered with plantain leaves and coconut fronds in the Ullal police station limits. The boy’s parents identified the body. Later, the body was shifted to Wenlock Hospital for postmortem.
Sources said the 17-yearold told police that he and Akif used to play the game. The deceased was on a winning spree, and he suspected the boy was using fraudulent methods or seeking help to win without losing even once, and challenged him for a faceto-face encounter.
Akif, according to police sources, reportedly lost the game in the direct clash on Saturday night, and this led to an argument that turned violent when the accused allegedly hit the boy with a stone. When Akif collapsed and was bleeding, the accused allegedly dumped him in a secluded corner and fled from there, according to the police officer.
The family confirmed to police that the deceased boy used to play the videogame. “The Ullal area has a lot of CCTV cameras, whose footage is being examined to ascertain if there were others at the spot,” an officer said.