Tagore’s Nobel theft: SIT team makes first arrest from Birbhum
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to probe into the Nobel theft case arrested a baul singer from Mangaldanga village in Birbhum for his alleged involvement into the case.
Pradip Bauri is the first person to get arrested in this connection since 2004 when Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel was stolen.
Bauri, who was picked up from his home on November 12, will have to go through narco-analysis test on Wednesday, sources said.
The baul singer is a local resident. He was a former CPI(M) leader. He was also the pradhan of Ruppur Gram Panchayat from 1998 to 2003.
His family members claimed that he was taken by the police from his home 13 days ago. They claimed that he was innocent.
However, according to the sources, the police have got information from him and it would help them to probe into the incident even after 12 years.
According to the sources, the SIT members are confident about Bauri’s involvement into the case.
Since Bauri didn’t confess the guilt and continued maintaining that he was innocent, the police had prayed before the court to grant permission for narco-analysis test, which is commonly called lie detection test, on Bauri.
The Court granted the police’s prayer and he will be taken to Gujarat for the test.
Bauri was also arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) when it had probed into the incident. They had left Bauri after some days failing to get any useful information from him.
The SIT headed by the Commissioner of the Kolkata Police, Rajeev Kumar came to know that he was well aware of the plan chalked to decamp with the Nobel.
Moreover, he had given shelter to the accused and had also helped them flee from the village after committing the crime.
The investigating officers have also come to know about a gold jewellery businessman from Bangladesh Hossain Shipul and a resident of Germany for their alleged involvement in to the case.
Police also got information about a member of an antique goods smuggling racket from Europe.