"While I don’t know the exact details about when he left the sets, I do know that there were some threats."
Death threats directed to Salman Khan has been confirmed by his father Salim. It comes after reports claimed that the Mumbai shooting for Race 3 had to stop early due to the threats.
On 11th January 2018, Mumbai Mirror reported that threats made by a Rajasthan gangster had disrupted Race 3‘s shooting.
According to a source, police arrived on location to inform the crew of armed men in the premises. They added that Salman was rushed to his home in Bandra, saying:
“Salman was escorted in another car by six cops, while his own car was driven back to his residence by another group of cops.”
Indian Express spoke with Salim Khan on the report, who confirmed the threats: “While I don’t know the exact details about when he left the sets, I do know that there were some threats. But Salman has a good team of security personnel.
“This is not the first time that he is getting such threats. In this industry, people keep getting such threats a lot.”
He was also asked about any action taken regarding the threats. The former actor answered: “The only action we are taking is to make sure that Salman is safe. He is going to the shoots normally right now.”
However, police have denied that they were involved in the Race 3 filming. Deputy Commissioner Vinay Rathod told Hindustan Times: “We have not received any complaint about it. Nothing like that has happened.”
The actor‘s manager Jordy Patel also denied that armed men arrived, saying: “This is absolutely untrue and nothing of the sort has happened. No one has entered any set and the shoot is on as usual.”
According to Mumbai Mirror, a police inspector said they would give Salman extra security.
“We 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.”
Death threats were first issued to the Tiger Zinda Hai actor on 5th January 2018, when he attended a Jodhpur court hearing. It was related to the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. Meanwhile, a gangster named Rajasthan was taken to the court by police.
He issued the threat, telling reporters:
“Salman Khan will be killed here, in Jodhpur… Then he will come to know about our real identity. Now, if [the] police want me to do some major crime, I shall kill Salman Khan and that too in Jodhpur.”
The gangster is reportedly from a Rajasthan community which worships blackbucks. This particular group were the first to bring up Salman’s poaching case and now regard him as a “villain”.
Reports claim Lawrence Bishnoi is a known gangster to police. He has reportedly been charged in over 20 cases relating to attempted murder, carjacking and extortion.