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Mumbai, Mar 23 (UNI) A Second eyewitness in hit-and-run case of Bollywood actor Salman Khan today supported the prosecution, saying he had seen the actor getting down from driver's seat of the Land Cruiser after running over people sleeping on pavement outside a bakery here on September 28, 2002.

Pande, who runs a dairy adjoining the bakery at Pali Hill in suburban Bandra, in his deposition in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate J B Panke, said he had seen one person killed and four others were wounded.

During the examination by Additional Public Prosecutor Gulab Nagrale, the witness said when he came out his shop on hearing a loud thud he saw Salman Khan getting down from driver's seat of the vehicle and later walking away.

To a query, Pande said three wheels of the vehicle had climbed onto the pavement running over people sleeping outside the bakery.

Mr Nagrale said the witness stood by his statement given to police after the incident, adding Pande had also recorded it under section 164 of Cr PC before the Metropolitan Magistrate.

After the deposition, the case hearing was adjourned to March 31.

Earlier, police body guard of the actor, Constable Ravindra Patil, had told that he had warned Salman not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an accident, but the actor did not pay heed to his advise and ran over people sleeping outside the bakery.

Patil is the complainant in the case in which a local court had, on October 6, 2003, framed ten charges against Salman even as the actor had pleaded not guilty.

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