Salman’s hit-and-run case: Witness received death threats

Two witnesses has been deposed before the court and they have identified Salman Khan in connection to 2002 hit-and-run case. The retrial of the case begins and Salman Khan accompanied to the court by his two sisters, Alvira and Arpita. If he found guilty, the actor will have to go behind the bars for 10 years.

The two eyewitnesses identified Salman Khan and saw him getting out from his car on that unfortunate day. On Tuesday, one of the witnesses claimed in the court that few days before the trial, he was being threatened and had lodged a police complaint. However, the court will look into the matter in the further proceedings.

In the last deposition, a witness named Samba Gowda said that he had drawn panchnama of the articles seized by police on the day of the incident.

The witnesses told prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar that they have seen a big car came in speed and rammed into a laundry and its bumper had hit the shutter of the shop. The witness said he saw glass pieces, number plate of the car and bumper parts lying on the spot. Those articles were seized by police and a panchnama was drawn by him.

The case dates back to September 28, 2002 when Salman Khan’s Toyota Land cruiser drove over five people who were sleeping on the footpath near Hill road in Bandra. In this accident, one lost his life and four others were severely injured.

After the accident, Salman Khan drove away in his car and appeared for surrender after eight hours. Eye witnesses said that it was Salman who was driving the vehicle though Salman denies the allegation. Since, he surrendered after eight hours, he and his family maintain the incident as accident though police reported it as hit and run case. Medical report further revealed that Salman was under the influence of alcohol when the incident took place.

The case against him changed from ‘rash and negligent driving’ to a serious offense ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ which carries a jail term of 10 years and for which Salman Khan has asked for a fresh trial. The court said that all the witnesses and the evidences will be re-examined.