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Singer Daler Mehndi convicted for human trafficking, jailed for 2 years

Patiala: Singer Daler Mehndi was on Friday convicted in a human trafficking case by a Patiala court in Punjab and sentenced to two years in jail. The singer was taken into custody by the Punjab Police soon after his conviction but was soon granted bail. 

A case against Mehndi, his brother Shamsher and some of his associates, was registered by the Patiala police following a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh of Balbehra village in Punjab in 2003. The complainant had alleged that he had been duped by the Mehndi brothers who received lakhs of rupees from him on the pretext of sending him abroad as a member of the troupe of Daler Mehndi. The Punjabi pop singer was arrested after the case was registered but was released on bail after a few days.

Shamsher died in October 2017 after suffering from jaundice. Shamsher was a part of brother Daler Mehndi's troupe and performed at several stage shows. He was also a songwriter and record producer. After the case was registered, several others had also come forward with similar complaints against the two brothers.

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