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Bollywood Star Salman Khan’s Bodyguard Charged Over Assault

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Mumbai (AFP) – Indian police on Wednesday charged controversial Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s bodyguard for illegal possession of a firearm and assaulting a waiter at a pub, an officer said.

Gurmeet Singh Jolly, who goes by the name Shera, allegedly hit the waiter with the butt of a pistol during a verbal tiff at a bar in India’s financial capital, Mumbai.

Police charged Shera with assault after receiving a complaint from the victim who sustained injuries, police said.

“Shera has been charged… for possession of weapons and hitting the victim with a baton and the butt of a pistol before fleeing the spot,” Mumbai Police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe told AFP.

Shera has worked with Khan for nearly 20 years and is known to be a close confidante of the superstar, who is himself embroiled in a string of legal cases.

Although Khan was cleared last year of killing a homeless man in a late-night hit-and-run crash in 2002, that decision is now being challenged in the Supreme Court.

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