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Retrial begins in Salman Khan hit-and-run case

A sessions court Monday began the retrial in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan, with the partial deposition of witnesses.

The witnesses included Samba Gowda who had drawn the list of articles (panchnama) seized by police on the day of the incident, Sep 28, 2002.

Gowda informed public prosecutor J. Kenjalkar that the car involved in the accident was a big vehicle that rammed into a laundry and its bumper hit the shop's shutters.

He said he saw glass pieces, number plate and bits of the bumper lying at the scene of the accident that were collected by police and a list was made.

He expressed readiness to identify the articles.

Two other witnesses were discharged as they had already admitted the lists recorded by them.

The prosecution said it had submitted a list of 64 witnesses but would not examine all of them in the retrial.

Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande directed the prosecution to present May 2 the first person injured in the accident in which Salman Khan's vehicle was involved, followed by the witnesses to the accident.

The witnesses injured in the incident are Mohammed K. Shaikh, Mohammed M. Shaikh and Mamu Khan.

Salman Khan is accused of driving his SUV onto pavement dwellers near a bakery in Bandra that night 12 years ago, leaving one dead and four people injured.

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