A day after Sameer Kulkarni, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, told the Pimpri-Chinchwad police that he could not afford to pay for his police security, he was not provided the armed guard.
Kulkarni was provided a gunman from Pimpri-Chinchwad police on Wednesday morning. The guard accompanied Kulkarni throughout the day. But in the evening, Kulkarni was asked to pay the charges for the armed guard.
Kulkarni then gave an application to the Pimpri-Chinchwad police commissioner seeking security free of charge. Kulkarni had stated in his application that he could not afford to pay for police security. He, however, paid Rs 1,772 to the police on Wednesday evening as charges towards police guard provided to him for one day.
“I was not provided any guard today by the police,” Kulkarni told The Indian Express.
Residing in the jurisdiction of Pimpri-Chinchwad police commissionerate, Kulkarni is currently out on bail. He said he applied for police security during the time he had held press conferences ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
After reviewing his application, an order was passed by the Pimpri Chinchwad police on October 28, 2019 that he should be provided armed gunman on paid basis.
Accordingly, Kulkarni was provided an armed guard from Wednesday morning for a period of one month, but when he was asked to pay for it, he filed an application seeking police security free of charge.