Engg student addicted to PUBG, ends life post-ban

Tirupati: An engineering student, who was reportedly addicted to online game PUBG but couldn’t play the game owing to the government’s ban on Chinese apps, committed suicide at his home even as his parents searched in vain for their missing son for almost five days.
Police said Kurkuri Kiran Kumar Reddy went missing from his home at revenue colony in Anantapur about five days ago. His parents initially thought he might have gone to his friend’s place without informing them, which was his usual habit. But after he didn’t return for two days, they panicked and started searching for him everywhere, except their own house. Late on Friday evening, the boy’s uncle found Kiran’s body in a small store room built on the first floor of the building.
Kiran, who was in BTech final year in Chennai, was addicted to PUBG. He used to play with bitcoin and had invested nearly Rs 3.5 lakh, which he had borrowed from his mother. The unsuspecting mother lent the huge sum to her son, who was still pursuing his education, without thinking of the consequences. Later, he even pawned his laptop, phone and other personal properties as he started losing money in the game.
After his college closed down due to Covid-19 lockdown, Kiran went to his grandparents’ place at Amadaguru in Anantapur district. His grandparents, who grew restless after watching their grandson addicted to PUBG, asked his parents to take Kiran home. After returning home, he started getting restless and disturbed, particularly after PUBG was banned. Police have registered a case and are investigating what made him take the extreme step.

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