Actor Salman Khan has been issued an Arms licence after he applied for it for self-protection following threat letters that he received recently, Mumbai police have said. The actor and his father got a death threat in early June, just days after singer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead near Punjab's Mansa on May 29.
The licence issuing authority had started the necessary investigation after Mr Khan met the Mumbai Police Commissioner last month.
The actor had visited the Mumbai Police headquarters late last month to meet with top cop Vivek Phansalkar for a gun licence. He wants to own a gun to protect himself and his family, sources said.
His visit to the police headquarters was for physical verification before the licensing authority, a mandatory step in applying for a gun licence, sources said.
There had been reports that Salman Khan has upgraded to an armoured and bulletproof Land Cruiser ever since the threats.
Lawrence Bishnoi's death threat to Salman Khan was linked to the black buck poaching case of 1998, in which the actor was one of the accused.
The actor's father had found the unsigned letter on a bench where he sits daily after jogging in the morning.
The letter that the actor received in Hindi said that both Salim Khan and his son would soon meet the same fate as murdered singer Siddhu Moosewala ('Tera Moosawala bana denge').
This is not the first time Salman Khan has received threats. In 2018 when the trial of the blackbuck poaching case was underway, Bishnoi had allegedly threatened the actor because in his community blackbucks are considered sacred.