Jodhpur: Actor Salman Khan seen at Jodhpur Airport as he left for Mumbai on April 7.(IANS)
Jodhpur: Actor Salman Khan seen at Jodhpur Airport as he left for Mumbai on April 7.(IANS)

Thousands of fans welcome Salman Khan at Mumbai airport, shed happy tears

Salman Khan returned to Mumbai on Saturday after receiving a bail on the black buck poaching case.
Indo Asian News Service | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 09:18 PM IST

Superstar Salman Khan returned home after spending two days in Jodhpur Jail post his 5-year prison sentence for his involvement in the poaching of an endangered species, black buck. At the Mumbai airport, he received a hero’s welcome with thousands of fans lined up at and outside his Bandra home too on Saturday evening.

Several thousands, ranging from toddlers in arms to youth, elderly men and women, many carrying placards and banners with Salman’s pictures had been waiting to see the star after he was granted bail by Jodhpur Session Court Judge R. K. Joshi.

Loud screams of joy went up with frantic waving and clicking pictures on mobiles as soon as an apparently healthy and cheerful Salman stepped out of the Mumbai Airport after alighting from Jodhpur by a chartered flight.Sporting a dark t-shirt, a cap, he was accompanied by his sisters Alvira and Arpita, besides his omnipresent personal bodyguard Shera.

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For that ‘Being Human’ touch, Salman carried Arpita’s one-year old son, who appeared bewildered by all the noisy attention his famous ‘Mamu’ was getting. Despite frenzied catcalls, shouts of ‘Salman Khan Zindabad’ from the fans, the family quickly stepped into their waiting vehicles without any public interactions

En route, some daring fans even attempted to follow his motorcade, but at one point when the vehicles halted due to traffic congestion, Shera and his team of bouncers were seen firmly requesting them to avoid speeding after them in the heavy evening traffic.

Police had a tough time controlling the huge crowds of fans both at the airport and outside his residence, the landmark seafacing Galaxy Apartments Bandra west. At both the venues, many fans, especially young girls and elderly women, could be seen unabashedly shedding tears of joy and relief as their favourite star finally returned home from the 20-year old legal ordeal that culminated in a five-year jail sentence for killing the protected Blackbucks.

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