The Bishnoi community of Rajasthan are collecting funds for a silent revolution wherein they will build a grand community in memory of the blackbucks killed by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.
According to reports, the memorial will be built on the place where blackbucks were buried in Kankani Village. The reports also said that 1,000 trees will be planted on the land and a statue of a blackbuck will be constructed.
Around seven acres of land has been cleared to plant 1,000 trees for the silent revolution. The project will take around a year to complete and aims to encourage people to save the environment and animals. The community wants to create a safe environment for animals in the area and is collecting funds of Rs 500-Rs 1,000. The entire project will cost nearly Rs 2 lakh.
All about Salman Khan Blackbuck poaching case
In 1998, Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village, Jodhpur during shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain. Along with Salman, his co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam Kothari were also accused in the case.
The incident took place near a residential area of the Bishnoi community that protects endangered animals. As per reports, the prosecution had alleged that the Bhisnoi villagers saw a Gypsy in which the accused actors fled.
Following the crime, Salman Khan was booked in two separate cases. He was charged for offences under the Arms Act and poaching. Animals listed under the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 cannot be hunted and Blackbucks are one of them. Salman Khan was charged in the case after nearly 20 years when the crime was committed. The actor was found guilty on April 5, 2018, and others accused in the case were acquitted by a Jodhpur court.