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29 February 2024

Protests greet Salman Khan in Jaipur

Police were forced to baton charge the protestors (CNN IBN)

By Staff

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was faced with a slew of black flags in the northern Indian city of Jaipur on Sunday, where he was to inaugurate the Jaipur Marathon Race 2011.

Members of the country's Bishnoi community were protesting the actor's presence in the state despite a 2006 conviction for killing endangered black bucks that year.

The Bishnoi community activists also raised slogans against the Tourism Minister Bina Kak and assailed her sharing the same platform with one accused of being a killer of an endangered animal, Indian news networks reported.

"The Chief Minister (Ashok Gehlot) should ask for a resignation from such minister (Bina Kak) because on one side the government claims to protect environment and on the other hand to hurt the emotions of environment lovers is welcoming an animal killer. A minister from the government is standing there with the actor welcoming him," said a protesting Bishnoi, as quoted by ANI network.

The police personnel later had to baton charge the protestors to disperse the crowd.

It has been reported that the police later took around 15 members of the Bishnoi community into its custody.

Bishnois, who hail from Rajasthan, are devout protectors of the flora and fauna.