Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra has said that the state government will bring an act to regulate gaming applications on mobile phones, taking note of the increasing incidents of children getting addicted to online games and taking extreme steps.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Mr Mishra referred to the alleged suicide by an 11-year-old boy while playing a Free Fire game here.
“The Free Fire game which caused the tragic incident is a very serious issue. We will bring an act to regulate online gaming in Madhya Pradesh. The draft for this is almost ready. We will soon give it a concrete shape,” states The Home Minister said.
According to police, Suryansh Ojha allegedly committed suicide while playing a free fire game with his cousin in a room on the terrace of his house in Bhopal’s Shankaracharya Nagar.
When his cousin came out, Suryansh allegedly hanged himself using a rope used to set up a punching bag in the room.
The boy’s relatives immediately took him to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead on arrival.
An official said on Friday that the post-mortem report has confirmed that the boy had died by hanging.
He said that prima facie it seems that the boy took such a big step because he was also involved in online games.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Ankit Jaiswal said the boy was hyperactive and addicted to online gaming.
The official said that Suryansh had also stolen money from his house to pay for the gaming application and his parents scolded him for it.
“The reason behind the extreme step is being ascertained. However, it seems that it happened just while playing the online game or while practicing some of the acts shown in it,” said Mr. Jaiswal.
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