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Fans, fanatics and celebrities, all want Salman freed!

Salman Khan's fan base was out in full force outside his Bandra residence on Friday . Hundreds hooted and hollered, rallied and raved for their hero to be set free.

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Last Updated: May 09, 2015, 12.35 PM IST
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Since Khan's conviction on Wednesday , his neighbourhood has become a gathering ground for his most ardent supporters, with scores converging here over the last three days. On Friday morning, his fans began to mill around his residence in anticipation of his bail plea before the Bombay high court.

"I love him more than my girlfriend," said 20-year-old Satinder Rane who had been waiting to catch a glimpse of Khan since 8am. "I know in my heart he didn't do it. He loves the poor." His friend Arjun Khan added, with a now familiar argument doing the rounds, that the government should not allow the poor to sleep on pavements.

A more vocal group of supporters was led by 40-year-old Anju Yadav, who screamed about Khan's achievements to rounds of applause. "They are making an example out of him because he's a celebrity .There are so many others who kill and no one goes after them," she said. But in a quieter moment, she was quick to add, "We know he's guilty but why put him in jail when he's helping thousands of poor people? Why should we suffer for one man's death?" It helped that Khan's charity , Being Human, was helping to fund the treatment of her four-month-old niece with a heart problem.

Amid his devoted fans, Khan was visited by an equally devoted stream of bigwigs and celebrities, including family members Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan, Arpita Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Amrita Arora and Helen, and stars Ajay Devgn and Anu hiyan were seen protesting pam Kher. Congress MP Priya Dutt with husband Owen Roncon, MLA Nitesh Narayan Rane and businessman Zafar Sareshwala also landed.

And as news of Khan's suspension of punishment spread, the crowd grew jubilant. They threw their hands up in the air, chanting "Salman, Salman" while dancing with sheer abandon. Upon Khan's leave to furnish bail, his fans grew even more rowdy, letting off firecrackers in the middle of the street.

The police tried their best to control the growing crowds, hammering the ground with their lathis to send people scurrying in every direction. But just as quickly as water fills an empty space, the fans would return in droves.
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