Hit-and-run case: Victims have mixed reactions to Salman walking free

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2015 08:06 IST
Bollywood star Salman Khan makes his way out of the Bombay high court after he was acquitted of all charges in the 2002 hit and run case, in Mumbai on Thursday. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Victims in the 2002 Salman Khan hit and run case were pained after the Bombay high court acquitted Salman Khan .

“We are poor men. The government was fighting the case on our behalf and if the government does not want to punish Salman, what can we do?” asked 23-year-old Mohammad Ayub, son of Mohammad Aziz who worked in the A1 Bakery and was sleeping on the footpath on the night of the incident. Aziz suffered a fractured leg.

“My father still feels pain and he could not work properly after the incident. Salman deserves to be punished. The sessions court has given correct judgment but if the higher court cannot give justice, then where will we go,” said Ayub. He added that the government should appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court.

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“I was six years old when the incident occurred. I left my studies and came to Mumbai to help my father,” said Ayub. He added, “I have three younger sisters; last year, one of my sisters got married. Currently, my father is in our native place, Gonda in Uttar Pradesh, and will come to Mumbai after a few months.” Ayub lives in Ghatkopar’s Chirag Nagar area and has worked in the bakery since the last five years.

Another victim, Abdullah Shaikh, is not affected by Khan’s acquittal, but demands more compensation from the actor.

“For the last 13 years I have been waiting for justice. I have five children and I cannot work. I thought we will get compensation so that our family can live a proper life. We have not received enough compensation for the kind of injuries we suffered in the accident,” said Shaikh.

“I am in favour of Salman being acquitted. I wanted him to be acquitted and do well in life,” said Abdullah.

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