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Shocking..Ustad's thief grandson sold shehnais for just Rs 17000

Varanasi: A grandson of late Ustad Bismillah Khan and two other persons were arrested in connection with the theft of the maestro’s silver shehnais, police said on Tuesday.Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force arrested Nazare Hussain, local jeweller Shanker Seth and his son Sujit Seth.

Four silver shehnais and a wooden and silver one were stolen from Khans son Kazim Hussains home here on December 4.

The shehnais were recovered in a melted condition from a local jewellery shop here, police said.

Kazims son Nazare got the four silver shehnais melted by jewellers Shanker and Sujit Seth in Chetganj area here, they said.

"Over one kg of melted silver along with one shehnai made of wood and silver have been recovered from the possession of the jewellers.

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

An FIR was registered on December 5 at Chowk police station after the theft at Kazims house in Dalmandi area.

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. (PTI)