‘I Will Find Out Missing Nobel, If CBI Fails’


Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the CBI on Thursday for their incapability in finding out the missing noble prize that was stolen from Shantiniketan.

West Bengal Chief Minister on Thursday lashed out at the central government for playing a negligible role in the discovery of the Nobel prize of Kabiguru Ravbindranath Tagore, which was stolen in 2004.

Mamata Banerjee criticized the centre for its role, at the Shantiniketan, where she went to attend a programme. She said, “The CBI could not find out the nobel prize. If I get an opportunity, I would find it myself.” She added, “I do not know how the CBI is investigating. If they cannot find, and if I am given the opportunity, I would find it out. I cannot accept this case of the stolen nobel prize. Because Rabindranath means a sentiment to me. He belongs to the state, country and the world. Hence, I have the responsibility to find it, too. I feel like criticizing myself. The stealing of the nobel from Shantiniketan is a shameful incident.

In a burglary at the Uttarayan complex of Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan, the Nobel Prize medal, a watch, a bangle and important citations belonging to Rabindranath Tagore were stolen on 25th March 20014.

The then West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee ordered an inquiry into the theft the next day. RabindranathTagore had received the Nobel Prize in 1913 for literature.

The theft was detected in the morning when the university reopened after a day’s break. The burglars had sneaked into the museum by breaking open the window railings, state Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Chayan Mukherjee said.

The then CM said that he talked to Visva Bharati Vice-Chancellor Sujit Basu and senior police officers about the incident. The Uttarayan complex was closed to visitors for the day as a large number of policemen encircled the entire premises.