June 12 (Times of India) – On Thursday night, the person who sent the death threat to Bollywood megastar Salman Khan and his father, film writer Salim Khan, was identified as Vikram Brar, a close aide of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, police sources said on Thursday.
Shortly after the announcement, a shocking revelation was made by Times Now, alleging that an attempt was made to kill the Bollywood superstar and that a sharpshooter was placed outside the actor’s residence.
As per the report, Lawrence Bishnoi, who is a suspect in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case, sent a sharpshooter with a small-bore weapon in a modified hockey casing to kill Salman Khan. The report alleges that the gangster and his men were tracking the actor’s movements and the sharpshooter was aware that the actor heads out to cycle around the neighbourhood, without the company of a bodyguard.
The plan to assassinate the actor was reportedly set in play while Salman was set to leave his residence for an event. However, with the added police personnel in the area, the shooter who was reportedly planted outside the actor’s residence, backed out at the last minute, fearing being caught.
Brar, who is currently said to be aboard, is reportedly facing two dozen criminal cases lodged against him in several states.
It was previously reported that the Mumbai Police had suspected the possible involvement of the Bishnoi gang, and as a precaution, beefed up security at the Khans’ residence – Galaxy Apartments, Bandra West.
Reports also stated that the Mumbai Police had suspected that the potential attackers may have conducted a discreet recce of the Khans’ movement in the area and their residence.
Bishnoi had earlier vowed to kill Salman Khan after the actor was accused in the blackbuck poaching case of 1998 in Rajasthan.
Salim Khan was handed over an unsigned, hand-written threat letter by an unknown person on a bench where he normally rests after jogging at the Bandra Bandstand promenade, around 7.30 am. on Sunday.
The threat letter ended with a couple of initials including ‘L.B.’ which the police suspected refers to ‘Lawrence Bishnoi.