Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan was recently issued a death threat by a notorious Rajasthan gangster named Lawrence Bishnoi in Jodhpur. “Salman Khan will be killed here, in Jodhpur… Then he will come to know about our real identity,” Bishnoi told reporters while being taken to a Jodhpur court in police security.
The threat came a day after Salman had flown to Jodhpur to attend a hearing in his 1998 poaching case. Bhaijaan thought he would be safer here in Mumbai than in Rajasthan until a senior officer alerted him on Monday that three men in Mumbai had threatened to kill him as well, while a group of vandals was being mobilised to create mischief near his shooting location.
About a dozen policemen barged in the sets of Salman’s upcoming movie Race 3 on Tuesday after a group of armed men had reportedly entered the premises to hurt Khan. Salman was safely rushed to Galaxy Apartments and has been asked to stay low as the threat looms large.
Reportedly, Bishnoi is said to hail from a community in Rajasthan that worships the black buck. Several members reportedly even protested against Salman in light of new developments in the case.
Following the incident, Salman has been given additional security by the police. “The police arrived at the Race 3 set in Film City and told Salman and producer Ramesh Taurani that the shoot had to be stopped immediately as the actor needed to head home as soon as possible. Salman was escorted in another car by six cops, while his own car was driven back to his residence by another group of cops,” a source from the set told Mirror, adding that the actor has been asked to not share his whereabouts on the social media. Riding a cycle is also a strict no-no.
The actor is scheduled to shoot a steamy dance sequence with his co-star Jacqueline Fernandez over two days next week. “This is not the first time a threat has been issued against Salman or a member of his family, and the actor is often spotted about town without security or even his bodyguard, Shera, but anticipating an unprecedented attack, he has been asked to be extra safe,” a senior cop was quoted saying in a report by Mumbai Mirror.
“The police are taking Bishnoi’s threat seriously but we have assured Salman that he will receive maximum police protection. We are also investigating the motive behind Bishnoi’s threat to Salman.” When Mirror reached out to Ramesh Taurani, he said that security has already been beefed up on the Race 3 set. “There are additional bouncers, guards and personnel to safeguard Salman and the unit at all times,” he signed off.