Silver shehnai of late Ustad Bismillah Khan stolen by his grandson

Photo of shehnai maestro late Ustad Bismillah Khan.

Varanasi: A silver flute of late shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan was stolen by his grandson today along with two other persons, later they were arrested by the police.

According to police, grandson of late Ustad Bismillah Khan and two other persons were arrested in connection with the theft of the maestro’s silver shehnais.

The Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh arrested Nazare Hussain, local jeweller Shanker Seth and his son Sujit Seth in this regards.

Police said that they have recovered four silver shehnais and a wooden and silver one in a melted condition from a local jewellery shop which were stolen from Khan’s son Kazim Hussain’s home here on December 4th.

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They said, Kazim’s son Nazare got the four silver shehnais melted by jewellers Shanker and Sujit Seth in Chetganj area here.

STF SSP Amit Pathak, “The stolen shehnais were sold to the local jewellers for a meagre Rs 17,000 and melted.”

According to the family, the shehnais were very special to the late musician and were gifted to him by former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, Kapil Sibal and Lalu Prasad.

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