KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Bollywood actor Salman Khan has once again received a death threat, this time allegedly via email.
A member of Khan’s staff received the email that made reference to a recent interview by jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who claimed it was his life’s goal to kill Khan.
This is Bishnoi’s latest death threat, several of which lead back to 2018.
His interview with ABP News took place last Friday, in which he again demanded that Khan apologise to the Bishnoi community for killing the blackbucks.
“He humiliated my community,” said Bishnoi. “A case was filed against him but he did not apologise.
“If he does not tender an apology, be ready to face the consequences.”
On Saturday, the Mumbai Police lodged a report against him, fellow gangster Goldy Brar and sender of the email, Rohit Garg in connection with the alleged email threat to Khan.
More recently, an entire contingent of Mumbai policemen were spotted doing security checks outside Khan’s residence in Bandra, a Mumbai suburb which is home to several Bollywood stars.
A source close to the police said that the mood around the actor’s residence and family is quite serious, the Entertainment Times reported.
“Everyone in Salman Khan’s family and team are very concerned about his safety.
“These new threats have shaken things up, but they also know that the police have responded well and are making sure of appropriate security arrangements.”
The source also revealed that the police have recommended changes to Khan’s schedule.
In 2018, Khan was sentenced to five years in jail after a court in Jodhpur convicted him of killing two blackbucks in a Rajasthani village called Kankani, near Jodhpur, in 1998.
He was later granted bail in the case.
Lawrence Bishnoi belongs to the Bishnoi community, for whom blackbucks, a protected species under India’s Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, are sacred.
The Bishnoi community are said to be India’s original eco-warriors.
Members of the Hindu sect, which has more than 1.5 million devotees, have been fighting to protect the environment for more than 500 years.
The community believes in the sanctity of all life, shunning meat and avoiding felling living trees.
Khan’s movie Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is slated to be released in April.
The promotional activities which usually kick-start a month in advance might have to be planned with more attention to security.