Mixed reaction for Salman Khan acquittal

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Poorva Joshipura…Massive shock and disappointment.

Since the Rajasthan High Court acquitted actor Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case, Bollywood actors and sister Arpita Khan have been showering praise, love, and support for the Sultan actor.

A happy Salman took to Twitter and thanked all his well-wishers. “thank u for ur prayers and support,” the superstar tweeted.

There have been mixed reactions on Twitter. While some were ecstatic and heaved a huge sigh of relief, others sarcastically reacted to the verdict.

Members of the Bishnoi community were shocked over the acquittal.

“We respect the (Rajasthan High) Court. But there is a disappointment, especially among wildlife lovers in our community. We are going to request the state government to approach the Supreme Court in this case,” said Hiraram Bishnoi, a community leader.

As a community, Bishnois love wild animals and protect chinkaras, black bucks, and deer among others.

The acquittal comes as a “massive shock and disappointment for people across the nation who care for animals”, said a PETA India official.

Poorva Joshipura, CEO of the animal rights organisation People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, expressed concern that the verdict could “encourage others to try their luck and kill wild animals”.

“Whether you’re a film star or not, the public expects wildlife protection laws and punishments for violating them to apply equally to everyone” he said.

On Monday, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur while allowing Salman’s appeal, acquitted him of all charges and also dismissed the state government appeal for enhancing the sentence. – CINEWS

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