Two arrested in shocking attack on Salman Khan’s home

Two individuals affiliated with a notorious criminal gang were arrested for shooting at the residence of Bollywood actor Salman Khan, purportedly in retaliation for Khan’s previous killing of two antelopes.

The gang, known as the Bishnoi gang, is implicated in various criminal activities, including murders and extortion schemes, and originates from a broader desert-based religious community that venerates the antelope species as the reincarnation of their spiritual leader.

Two gang members arrested

Khan, aged 58, has been targeted by the group since 1998 when he shot two blackbucks during a recreational hunting excursion. The incarcerated leader of the gang, Lawrence Bishnoi, had previously issued threats against Khan, including the possibility of assassination.

The incident occurred during the early hours of Sunday when two assailants on a motorcycle fired shots at Khan’s apartment located on the first floor in the upscale Bandra neighborhood of Mumbai. Despite the presence of armed police guards due to persistent threats, Khan was present in his home when the gunfire erupted.

The two suspects, aged 24 and 21, were apprehended on Tuesday in the state of Gujarat. According to police reports, they were located near a temple, where law enforcement officials managed to arrest them.

Legal battle and threats

Members of the Bishnoi community pursued legal action against Khan for the blackbuck shooting for two decades, resulting in a five-year prison sentence for Khan in 2018 for violating the Wildlife Protection Act. However, the sentence was later suspended on appeal, prompting Lawrence Bishnoi to threaten retaliation through extralegal means.

Lawrence Bishnoi has been implicated in multiple murders, including the killing of popular Indian rapper Sidhu Moose Wala in 2022. Despite Khan’s enduring success in the film industry, with nearly 150 films and television appearances since the 1980s, his personal life has been marred by controversy.

In 2002, he was involved in a hit-and-run incident where he allegedly ran over five people sleeping on a pavement in an affluent Mumbai neighborhood, resulting in one fatality. While initially acquitted, authorities have challenged the ruling, and the case remains unresolved as of now.

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