PUBG craze is real and it has managed to keep people glued to screen for hours at a stretch.
But a youth from Punjab's Kharar took the craze for the mobile game to another level after he spent Rs 16 lakhs from his father's account to buy virtual ammunition in the game.
The 17-year-old would take his father's mobile phone on the pretext of online classes, but would access his father's bank accounts to make in-app purchases for him and his friends.
It was after receiving bank statements that his parents got to know about it.
His father, a bank employee posted in another city, had been saving the money for his health treatment.
PUBG has been a raging craze among the youth, particularly during the lockdown.
Last week, a 22-year-old youth addicted to the game allegedly ended his life in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district. His family blamed his addiction to the game as the cause of suicide.
Earlier, in March, a 12-year-old had been accused of stealing cash worth Rs 3 lakh from his own parents in Gujarat’s Kutch district.
The police said that the boy had confessed that he stole money as he had lost a few PUBG games while playing with his friends.
The parents of the accused, who run a grocery store said that they were suspicious about the money missing from their cupboard.
They kept a watch one night where they caught the boy entering their room and trying to steal the money. When questioned about the crime, the boy said that he wanted the money as he had lost a few PUBG games he was playing with his friends.
The parents had no choice but to approach the police and it was found that a group of teenagers had made him an addict of the highly popular mobile game.