Pokemon Go Causes First Accident In India

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Augmented reality based viral mobile game Pokemon Go has caused its first road accident in India.

The accident occurred in the financial capital of Mumbai when a driver, too interested in the addictive game, got bumped by an auto rickshaw.

Jabbir Ali, 26, a car dealer, was on his way home in his Mercedes E240 when he noticed his brother who was in the passenger seat furiously trying to 'Catch Them All'.

Intrigued by the game, he took his brother's phone to understand the game, having never played it before. However, as his brother was explaining the rules to him, an autorickshaw rammed into the Merc damaging the bumper.

The old Merc is now in a workshop getting its bumper fixed, something that will cost Jabbir anywhere between Rs. 15,000 - 20,000 to repair.

Even before the crash, Pokemon Go has been causing headaches for the Mumbai police who cancelled the largest Pokemon Go related event in the city - Pokewalk Mumbai - an event that would have seen hordes of Pokemon fans walking around the city with their focus on their phones and not on the roads.

To combat the pocket monster menace, the Mumbai Police have tweeted out against the viral game

Source - Mid Day

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Story first published: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 17:34 [IST]
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