Tamil Nadu: Cops directed to play online rummy and fantasy sports as part of investigation into 17 suicides

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To identify the 17 suicides cases happened in the recent past DGP C. Sylendra Babu ordered the state Crime Branch CID (CBCID) to investigate the online gaming apps by playing games on them.

The officers have been asked to play rummy to monitor rummy companies such as RummyCulture and even fantasy sports platforms like Dream11. The officers who do not know how to play are advised to learn the game and play like a general user to make progress in the investigation.

The DGP recently decided to probe the suicide cases that allegedly occurred due to online gaming and issued notices to six online gaming companies. The probe comes as the politicians criticise TN Governor RN Ravi who is yet to give his assent to the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling & Regulation of Online Games Bill, 2022.

According to reports, the notices were sent to gaming companies in order to get information about the gaming history of the deceased people being investigated including transactions on any online gaming sites, if they existed.

The ordinance which was used to form the Bill has lapsed. It was originally drafted after discussion with several state officials including DGP Babu.

The politicians in TN have also been claiming that online gaming is destroying families and several people are committing suicides after losing. PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss is one of the politicians who has been vocal on this issue for a long time now.

In a previous statement, Ramadoss claimed that the suicides were happening due to the predatory advertisements from online gaming companies which led to people losing money in these games.