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Monday, October 12, 1998 Published at 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK

World: South Asia

Indian film star under arrest for illegal hunting

One of the five leading Indian film stars accused of illegal hunting in the state of Rajastan has been refused bail and placed under arrest by a court in Jodhpur, as public outrage over the incident increases.

The actor, Salman Khan, and his colleagues are alleged to have killed two black buck and an Indian gazelle during a break in filming for a Hindi movie.

The other four have been granted bail.

The authorities have conducted a fresh post mortem on the black buck -- an endangered species -- and now say the animals were shot.

They initially said they'd died of other causes.

The incident has led to public protests against the film stars.

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