As Battlegrounds Mobile India release draws closer, PUBG Mobile YouTuber booked for racist remarks towards Indian MLA

Battlegrounds Mobile India
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Battlegrounds Mobile India has been in the news ever since the announcement of the game by the developers. However, a new controversy around the title has stirred up.

A legal case has been filed against a popular PUBG Mobile YouTuber for his racist remarks towards Ninong Ering while reacting to a letter sent to the Prime Minister regarding the relaunch of Battlegrounds Mobile India.

The YouTuber, who goes by the name Paras Official, had posted a controversial video a couple of days back. In that video, he was seen making derogatory statements about Ering as well as the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Paras Official has been booked under the following sections of the Indian Penal Code: 124A/ 153A/ 505(2).

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Battlegrounds Mobile India comeback: YouTuber booked for insulting state and politician

Paras Official said the following while opening Ninong Ering's Twitter profile picture in a video that has since been deleted: "I don't think he is an Indian."

He was further heard saying: "I don't think any of them are Indian. I haven't met anyone from Arunachal Pradesh, but maybe they all look like this."

A YouTuber who goes by the name of Karka MR11 has shown clips of the deleted video where Paras Official is heard making the distasteful comment.

The incident has sparked a public outcry, forcing Paras Official to apologize for his statements in a video, "Sorry Arunachal Pradesh." In a subsequent video, his mother requested viewers to forgive him for his misdeeds.

In a conversation with EastMojo, Ninong Ering claimed that the immature remarks didn't hurt him. He further added:

"He is free to point out mistakes if any, but the racists remarks are serious and something which needs re-thinking."

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The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, 'Pema Khandu, responded to the incident by posting the following tweet:

"Based on the video that aims at inciting ill will and hatred towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh, has already initiated action as under: - A case under has been registered against Mr. Paras u/s 124A/ 153A/ 505(2) IPC."

He added that the person's social media handles were under investigation and that resources have been employed to gather his current whereabouts.

Previously, Ninong Ering, an MLA of Pasighat West Assembly Constituency, Arunachal Pradesh, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India, as he believes that it is a Chinese deception.

According to the former Union Minister of Minority Affairs, the game's relaunch is a mere illusion to collect the user data of millions of users and transfer it to foreign companies. The letter further mentioned that the release could comprise the data and security of all the citizens of India that are playing the game.

Abhishek Singhvi, a Member of Rajya Sabha, also criticized the government for allowing the game's return.

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Edited by Gautham Balaji
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