FACT CHECK: CISF personnel who stopped Salman Khan at airport 'rewarded' not penalised

In the viral video, the officer stopped Salman who was walking towards the airport terminal, and gestured for him to first get security clearance.

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On August 19, a CISF officer -- ASI Somnath Mohanty of Rayagada, became the talk of the town after a video of him stopping Bollywood superstar Salman Khan from entering the Mumbai airport and instructing him to follow the security protocol went viral on the internet. Salman was leaving for Russia to shoot for his upcoming film 'Tiger 3' opposite Katrina Kaif.

In the viral video, the officer stopped Salman who was walking towards the airport terminal to enter it, and gestured for him to first get clearance from the security checkpoint.

Days later, media reports claimed that the officer was in trouble for his actions and that his phone was seized after he spoke to the media about the 'viral video', which was a breach of protocol. A New Indian Express report quoting another CISF officer who claimed that the officer's phone had been confiscated to ensure that he does not speak to the media about the incident.

However, issuing a statement of sorts and clarifying the buzz around the CISF personnel being in trouble, the official Twitter handle of the CISF put out a tweet mentioning that the officer in question was 'suitably rewarded for exemplary professionalism'.

"The contents of this tweet are incorrect & without a factual basis. In fact, the officer concerned has been suitably rewarded for exemplary professionalism in the discharge of his duty. @PIBHomeAffairs," read the CISF's tweeted in response to one such news report that claimed the officer was penalised for his actions against the superstar. 

Meanwhile, Salman Khan's look from the spy thriller 'Tiger 3' has been leaked and has caused a tizzy on social media. 

A fan page on Instagram which goes by the name 'salmanic_aryan' has shared a few stills from the film, featuring the 'Dabangg' star, who is unrecognisable in his get up.

According to the fan page, the pictures are from a car chase sequence that is being shot in the country.

The 55-year-old superstar is seen sporting long reddish-brown hair and a beard. He is wearing a white T-shirt, jeans, a red jacket and a headband for the look. Another set of pictures showed Salman posing with some fans.

The third instalment, which is directed by Maneesh Sharma, also stars Katrina Kaif. 'Tiger 3' was put on hold due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.

'Tiger 3' is the third part of the spy thriller franchise. The first instalment 'Ek Tha Tiger' directed by Kabir Khan released in 2012. The second 'Tiger Zinda Hai' was released in 2017 and was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

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