Indian police recover child rights activist's Nobel Prize replica

Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel Peace Prize medal replica has been recovered by the Delhi police on Sunday (12 February). The thieves allegedly decamped with the replica of the Nobel Medal and the citation along with a host of other mementos from around the world and some jewellery from Satyarthi's Kalkaji residence.

Mr Satyarthi yesterday said that he was pained at the theft of his Nobel citation and ornaments given to his wife by his mother as they were precious for the family.

The accused, arrested by the southeast district police within five days of the heist, have been identified as Rajan alias Natta (25), Vinod alias Pinki (35) and Sunil alias Sonu (28).

Satyarthi had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 along with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai. 10 teams were constituted for the case.

Police confirmed that they had recovered the replica and other items from Satyarthi's home, and arrested three brothers suspected of carrying out the burglary.

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The accused are claiming they had not taken away the citation, police said. "We thought that the shoes belong to one of the burglars but later it turned out, that they had been left behind by them", a senior police officer said.

The theft happened in the wee hours on February 7 and police was informed about the theft at Satyarthis flat in Aravali Apartments around 9 AM.

The brothers used to live in a slum which was cleared by he DDA to construct Aravali Apartments and were therefore, aware of the topography of the area, police said. I thank the Delhi police for the brilliant and speedy recovery of the items stolen from my residence and I hope that the Nobel citation too is recovered soon. Two other houses in the same area as Mr Satyarthi's had also been broken into, police said.

"But, they worked in the same locality as labourers".

  • Megan Austin