Updated: August 19, 2021 10:19:04 am
A man in his early 40s allegedly set himself on fire and tried to enter the premises of Pune Police Commissionerate on Wednesday morning. The man was reportedly seeking a police clearance certificate, which he was unable to get because of three cases registered against him in the past, said officials.
The incident took place around 11.30 am on Wednesday at the main gate of the office of Pune Police Commissioner, located at Sadhu Vaswani Chowk. Officials said that the man had been working for a defence establishment in Pune on contract basis. The establishment had sought a police clearance certificate from him, for which he had moved an application at the Khadki police station.
A police official said he set himself on fire outside the main gate of the Pune police commissionerate and then tried to enter the premises. The police personnel who were on guard duty and those present nearby rushed towards him and covered him with a cloth sheet to douse the fire. He was later rushed to the Sassoon General Hospital.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Lashkar Division) Chandrakant Sangale said, “The man has sustained serious burn injuries. After the incident, a probe was launched to ascertain the cause and establish the sequence of events.”
Senior Police Inspector Yashwant Gawari said, “Our preliminary probe has revealed that the man had been working on contract basis with a defence establishment in Pune. A character certificate or police clearance certificate was sought from him recently. He had moved an application at Khadki police station. It turned out that he had three cases filed against him in the past and thus the clearance was not being given. He is being treated for his burn injuries which are said to be serious in nature. He has been kept under observation.”
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