Tiger Zinda Hai star Salman Khan was in Jodhpur, Rajasthan on January 4 for a hearing in the long-running blackbuck poaching case. There, a gangster named Lawrence Bishnoi openly threatened to kill the actor. The goon is notorious in North India with more than 20 cases of snatching, extortion, carjacking and theft registered against him in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. While Bishnoi has no personal grievance against the superstar, he wants to kill Salman only to teach a lesson to the Jodhpur police whom he feels has falsely indicted him in a murder case. As per a Hindustan Times report, Lawrence was presented at the Jodhpur Court on Friday as he is accused of murdering a businessman named Vasudev Israni.
The criminal was lodged in the Faridkot Jail. Now, Bishnoi states that Vasudev was not killed by him, as he was in custody when he got murdered. While giving a statement to the Jodhpur media, he said he would kill Salman and teach the police a lesson for wrongly accusing him. He said, “I will murder him (Salman Khan) in Jodhpur only. I will flee from police custody whenever I want but I am not escaping from custody anytime soon. Now, if the police want me to do some major crime, I shall kill Salman Khan and that too in Jodhpur.”
If you are wondering why he targeted Salman Khan through his speech, well here is the relation. Lawrence belongs to the Bishnoi community that had lodged a complaint against Salman for allegedly poaching the endangered chinkaras. Salman is seen as a villain by the community. During the shoot of Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hain in Jodhpur in 1998, the actor was accused of killing three chinkaras. In 2006, he got convicted and was sentenced to one and five years of imprisonment. However, in 2017, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted the superstar and gave him a clean chit. The Rajasthan Government has moved to the Supreme Court against the acquittal saying that the actor should be made to serve the rest of his imprisonment.