A man who had gone to answer nature’s call had nailed Salman Khan shooting at the herd of chinkaras

A man who had gone to answer nature’s call saw headlights of a jeep, and noticed Salman, Saif, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre in the back seats. He heard Salman’s co-actors urging him to shoot at a herd of black bucks

The Hush Post: Bollywood star Salman Khan has been held guilty in the black buck poaching case. The verdict was announced by the Jodhpur Court that has convicted the actor in the black buck poaching case that dates back to 1998, during the shooting of Hindi movie Hum Saath Saath Hain. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced later by the court.

Meanwhile, Salman Khan’s co-actors in that movie, namely Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam have been acquitted in this case.

Here is a look back at what actually happened on the night of October 1 and 2 in 1998.

Salman Khan, along with fellow actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were in Jodhpur, and were shooting the Hindi film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.

The group went to Bhagoda ki Dhani near Kankani village of Jodhpur, where Salman aimed at a black buck and allegedly went on shoot two of them.

The forest is surrounded by Bishnois (the word itself means bees aur nau or twenty plus nine the set of rules they follow).

A local Bishnoi from the village, Poonamchand Bishnoi, had gone out to answer nature’s call, when he heard gunshots. The Bishnoi community who live in the village worship black bucks and are fiercely protective about them. The animal is also protected under the Indian Wildlife Act.

Poonamchand revealed that he saw headlights of a jeep, and when he went nearby, he noticed Salman and Saif sitting on the front seats while Tabu, Neelam and Bendre were in the back seats.

According to Poonamchand, he heard Salman’s co-actors urging him to shoot at a herd of black bucks, which Salman did. After killing two black bucks, they suddenly saw Poonamchand and fled from the spot.

Poonamchand noted down the number of the jeep, and hurried to inform the Forest Department. Upon recovering the carcasses of the black bucks, the Forest Department officials revealed that the blood samples obtained from Salman’s jeep matched with those of the black bucks, as per forensic reports. A case was accordingly filed, and the conviction happened today, nearly 20 years later.

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