Salman Khan's 13 years old, 2002 hit and run case got its verdict yesterday. The actor was sentenced to five years in jail and charged with Rs 25000 fine.
Everybody knows about the verdict, everybody knows about a man
getting run over and killed by Salman Khan. But does anybody really
know anything more about them?
With a star's name involved in the case, everybody is interested
to know only about what he did or did not do, whether he was drunk
or not, whether he is guilty or not!
For all those who are arguing and feeling that Salman deserved
to be jailed and that justice prevailed, I would like to ask you
something, how much do you know about the victims?
Just following a herd and saying he deserves to be jailed is not
right, you should at least try to know some aspects about the
victims in this case as well. What exactly happened to them, how
their life is now and what each of them wants from this
One of the victim said, "Nobody came to visit me in the last 13
years, I am forced to do petty jobs and support my family and face
a lot of problems."
This shows that it is time to know some unknown facts about the
victims that we did not bother about for the last 13 years!
Five people, Nurullah Mehboob Sharif, Kalim Mohammed Pathan,
Munna Malai Khan, Abdullah Rauf Shaikh and Muslim Shaikh were
sleeping on the pavement when Salman Khan's Toyota Land Cruiser ran
over them. While others were badly injured, Nurullah Mehboob Sharif
got killed in the accident.
Nurullah Mehboob Sharif
Post-mortem report of Nurullah who lost his life that day reads
that his injuries were caused by the crane (Called by police) as it
could not lift the heavy SUV in one go and dropped it on the
All the 5 victims were homeless people who worked for a bakery
in suburban Bandra in Mumbai. On of the victims, Abdullah Rauf
Shaikh was an employee at the American express Bakery for almost 10
years who left working there after the accident.
Abdullah Rauf Shaikh
He said, "It was between 2 to 3 am, we heard a big noise and
woke up to see a car on top of us. People nearby were shouting
‘Salman Khan ne accident kiya' and after some time Salman went by a
rickshaw. The car was on us and we were unconscious and didn't know
what was happening because of the pain we were in at that time.
Nurulla was the most seriously injured among all of us."
Shaikh further revealed, "I got three lakhs compensation from
the court, in which my advocate, who helped in getting that money
took Rs. 1.20 lakhs and was left with 1.80 lakhs in 2007."
All the five homeless victims who got injured that that day had
no identity proof when they appealed to the court against the
actor. They did not even have a ration card. While Shaikh is in
Mumbai, Mannu Khan and Muslim Shaikh are at Gonda, UP and Kalim
Pathan is at Sultanpur.
According to the report, the HC while hearing a PIL on October
7, 2002, had instructed Salman to pay Rs 19 lakh as compensation
within two weeks, out of which 10 lakh would go to the Nurullah's
family. The victims are still fighting for more compensation after
a decade of filing the case.
No Bribe Attempt
Shaikh said, "During the course of case there was no attempt to
bribe me by any one, to change or to rehash my statement. Police
called me according to the dates and I went and gave my statement
whenever I was asked to. There was no pressure, I said what I saw
and experienced. My statement was never tampered with."
Nurullah's Wife and Son
Nurullah, the man who lost his life was married to Farida Begum
and had a son Feroz Sharif who works as a mason now. She got
remarried again and has seven children now. she stated, "We were
told we'll get compensation of Rs 10 lakh, but what will we do of
that amount at this time of inflation."
Shaikh said, "He should be punished for his deeds as I have lost
my friend Nurulla in the mishap and all four of us are going
through physical problems after the incident. Apart from that all
of us should be compensated as he (Salman Khan) is the one who is
and going to responsible for our future."