This wasn’t Salman Khan’s first night in jail – the once-enfant terrible had earlier spent a total of 18 days in jail in 1998, 2006 and 2007, all for cases of poaching. Besides the current blackbuck poaching case, there were two other cases of killing chinkaras and blackbucks, both from the deer family, in two separate places and a fourth case under the Arms Act. He was acquitted in all three cases, except this one…
As Qaidi no. 106, Salman couldn’t have caught much sleep last night at the Jodhpur Central Jail. He has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing blackbucks in Rajasthan in 1998, during a film shoot.
Here’s a quick lowdown of his night in jail…
The reality of imprisonment is difficult to swallow and we know that the 52-year-old actor didn’t eat the dal-roti dinner that he was served last night. No outside food was called for either.
His personal bodyguards are not far away. Last night, the actor's faithful shadow Shera, also brought a change of clothes for him.
The stress is telling. Last night Salman had a blood pressure problem when he arrived in jail. He was checked by the doctor of the prison dispensary. Later, however, his blood pressure returned to normal.
According to the jail superintendent, he is receiving no special treatment. His bed is a simple wooden one, there is a rug on the floor and a cooler in his cell. That’s as far as luxuries go.
Incarcerated in the same jail as disgraced spiritual leader Asaram Bapu, who is accused of raping a schoolgirl, Salman is in ward no.2. Salman’s cell is adjacent to that of the self-styled godman, who has been in prison since 2013.
It is learnt that as Salman had been threatened by gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who is in a different jail, the actor might be kept along with a few other prisoners from Friday, so that he would not be alone at any time.
Salman Khan's two sisters, Alvira and Arpita, are still in Jodhpur after attended yesterday’s court hearing. In fact, Salman’s brothers, Arbaaz and Sohail Khan are also expected to arrive today.