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Bishnoi Community : 'No One Else Can Apologise On His Behalf'

Bishnoi community’s head Devendra Budiya has demanded an apology from Salman Khan in connection to blackbuck case. He reacted to Somy Ali’s recent apology on Salman’s behalf. By saying ‘No one else can apologise on his behalf’. The leader of the Bishnoi community responded and released an official statement a few days after Salman Khan’s […]

Bishnoi community’s head Devendra Budiya has demanded an apology from Salman Khan in connection to blackbuck case. He reacted to Somy Ali’s recent apology on Salman’s behalf. By saying ‘No one else can apologise on his behalf’.

The leader of the Bishnoi community responded and released an official statement a few days after Salman Khan’s ex-girlfriend Somy Ali apologized in public on his behalf.

According to a report by Live Hindustan, Salman’s involvement in the blackbuck case that began the whole controversy back in 1998 would be forgiven by the community, according to Devendra Budiya, head of the All India Bishnoi Society: but with one condition: ‘No one else can apologise on his behalf’.

Devendra Budiya quoted in Hindi, “If Salman himself apologises, the Bishnoi society will consider the apology as the mistake was not made by Somy Ali, but by Salman. No one else can apologise on his behalf. If he himself comes to the temple and seeks forgiveness, our samaj (community) could think about forgiving him because one of our 29 rules is forgiveness. Salman should further take an oath that he will never make such a mistake and will work to protect wildlife and the environment, then we can consider a decision to forgive him.”

About 1998 Blackbuck Case

During the shooting of Sooraj Barjatya’s 1999 film Hum Saath Saath Hain, Salman had reportedly hunted a blackbuck at Bawad in Mathania near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He alongside co-stars Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Neelam were booked in 1998.

Further, Salman was also sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment in 2018, but was issued bail.

In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Somy expressed her concern for Salman’s safety following the firing incident that occurred outside his Mumbai home on April 14.

She said, “I don’t support hunting as a sport but this event took place so many years ago. Salman was much younger in 1998. I want to request the head of the Bishnoi tribe to forget about it and move on. I apologise on his behalf (Salman) if he has made a mistake and please forgive him.”

Somy added, “Taking someone’s life is not acceptable, be it Salman or an average common man. If you want justice, you should move to the court. I have full faith in India’s judicial system and lawyers, the same as America. I want to appeal to the Bishnoi community that harming Salman Khan will not bring back the blackbuck. Whatever happened to me cannot be changed; let bygones be bygones. I have made peace with myself. My life is completely dedicated to No More Tears now.”

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