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SALMAN HIT-AND-RUN WITNESSES TRACED, TO DEPOSE IN COURT

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THE BANDRA POLICE HAVE TRACED FIVE PEOPLE WHO WERE INJURED IN THE 2002 HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT INVOLVING ACTOR SALMAN KHAN AND WILL PRODUCE AT LEAST THREE OF THEM AS WITNESSES TODAY IN FRONT OF A COURT THAT IS TRYING THE ACTOR FOR CULPABLE HOMICIDE.
Khan was arrested in September 2002 for rash and negligent driving after his car ran over workers sleeping outside Bandra’s A1 bakery, killing one. Last August, a court charged him with culpable homicide after examining 17 witnesses. The court had said prima facie Khan had the knowledge that his act of rash driving, par ticularly after drinking, might result in death of people in accident. Khan’s counsel then said since a fresh charge was added, he deserved a retrial. These five witnesses are crucial for the prosecution, especially since Khan’s police bodyguard, Constable Ravindra Patil, the complainan in the case who had testified that Khan was drunk at the time of the accident, is no more. Patil contracted tuberculosis and died of a heart attack in October 2007. Sources in Bandra police said an
old-timer working at A1 Bakery helped them track the witnesses to a village in UP.

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