Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel Prize certificate stolen from his New Delhi house
An unknown number of burglars broke into Nobel Laureate and social activist Kailash Satyarthi's house here and stole his Nobel Prize certificate, a spokesman of his foundation said on Tuesday.
New Delhi: An unknown number of burglars broke into Nobel Laureate and social activist Kailash Satyarthi's house here and stole his Nobel Prize certificate, a spokesman of his foundation said on Tuesday.
The burglary was carried out on Monday night and was discovered by Satyarthi's son. He said his parents were out of the country. He has filed a complaint at the Kalkaji police station. The burglary took place on Monday night in Alaknanda in south Delhi. Satyarthi and his wife are currently attending the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in the US.
The burglars broke into his home in the Aravalli apartment in Alaknanda here and also stole some jewellery, besides the certificate. "The burglars entered the house breaking a window and a ventilator. The verification of the objects stolen is on. Among the things stolen is his Nobel prize citation," Deputy Commissioner of Police Romil Baniya said.
The police are also examining CCTV footage from Satyarthi's apartment as well as of the neighbours.
Satyarthi is a renowned Indian child rights activist and the winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. He is the founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), an organisation dedicated towards the eradication of child labour and rehabilitation of the rescued former child workers.
This is the second instance of theft of a Nobel memorabilia in India. The country's first Nobel winner, Rabindranath Tagore's medallion along with 47 other memorabilia were stolen from Rabindra Bhawan at Santiniketan in West Bengal.
The theft came to light on March 25, 2004.
The investigation was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation but the case has remained unsolved.
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