Indian Nobel laureate's stolen medal replica found

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Indian police have recovered noted child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel Peace Prize replica that was stolen from the laureate's home in national capital some five days back. Rajan, Sunil and Vinod were arrested and the stolen Nobel replica, citation and other jewellery items recovered, said a senior police officer.

The suspects have been identified as Rajan (25), Sunil (28) and Vinod (35).

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his work to fight against child trafficking in India, which he shared with Pakistan's child education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was chosen for her work on female education.

During interrogation they told the police that when they had carried out the burglary, they didn't realise the value of the replica of the Nobel Prize but after watching it on TV, they realised it.

Describing the process of zeroing in on the accused, Joint Commisisoner of Police (South Eastern Range) R.P. Upadhyay said the CCTV footage, though available, was not of much help as the faces of two accused were covered while the face of the third person was not very clear. "We did not find the Nobel citation from the possession of the criminals but are trying our best to recover it", he said.

Satyarthi was not in his Alaknanda flat when the robbery occurred. Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik tweeted about the successful workout of the case.

Satyarthi thanks police, expresses hope citation will be found too. "The house was inspected by the crime team and the photographs of scene of crime were taken", said DCP (southeast) Romil Baaniya. The trio had also burgled two other apartments in Aravali Apartments, where Mr. Satyarthi stays.

He said the accused, originally natives of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, were residing in the shanties near Aravali Apartments since birth but shifted to Sangam Vihar in 2005-06. They worked as painters and labourers in the Sangam Vihar area on a daily wage basis. Hence they were well aware of the topography of the area and they made a decision to commit the burglary in the same area.

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