Star falls as Bollywood's Salman Khan gets five years for killing endangered species

Star falls as Bollywood's Salman Khan gets five years for killing endangered species
By Robert Hackwill
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52-year-old's career in danger following court ruling on 20-year-old case, while four other actors are acquitted of killing a Blackbuck antelope.


One of the biggest stars in Bollywood has fallen with the conviction of Salman Khan by a court in Jodphur, India, of poaching. He was sentenced to five years in jail, and given a 125-euro fine.

He was accused along with four other actors of killing an endangered species, a Blackbuck Antelope, in 1998.

"Agneepath" means, literally, "path of fire", a reference to a renowned poem
Agneepath – Even if there are mighty trees all around you, Let them be shady, let them be huge, But, even for the shade of a single leaf, Beg not, beg never, ask never! The path of fire you shall tread! The path of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire! You shall never tire, You shall never slow down, You shall never turn back, This oath you will take today! This oath you will fulfill in your life! Take this oath! And walk the Path of Fire, every single day! The oath of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire! What greater spectacle, Than to see such a man walk, Who in tears, sweat and blood, Is soaked, covered and coated; And still walks on in the Path of fire! Walks the path of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire! Agneepath (अग्निपथ) A poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Translated into english by Riku Sayuj.

For nearly two decades Khan has been pursued by the Bishnoi community, which reveres the animal and considers killing it unholy.

Last year another court in the same city cleared Khan of killing a gazelle due to lack of evidence, and in 2015 the Bombay high court overturned a conviction in a hit and run case when it was alleged Khan had driven over a group of people sleeping on a pavement, killing one and injuring four. 

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