Birbhum: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeting a Japanese man at a felicitation function at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in Birbhum district of  on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI8_5_2016_000031B)
Birbhum: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeting a Japanese man at a felicitation function at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in Birbhum district of on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI8_5_2016_000031B)

Kolkata : West Bengal government has decided to initiate a fresh probe to retrieve the Nobel medallion of Rabindranath Tagore. The Nobel medallion of the poet was stolen from the museum of the Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan in Birbhum district in 2004.

The CBI which had started investigation into the theft of the first Nobel medallion of the country, which Tagore received in 1913, had closed its probe in 2010.

The state CID initially started investigation into the case which was later handed over to the CBI.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had visited the Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan on Thursday had expressed concern for the failure of the CBI to unearth the case.

She also said that if the Union Government allows the state to reopen the case, a special team would investigate into the case.

“Though the CBI is investigating the theft, we can try to find it out, if given the responsibility,” Banerjee said in Shantiniketan.

“We had already sent a letter to the Union Government to allow us to reopen the case a few months back. Again we will request the Union Government in this regard,” the chief secretary of West Bengal Basudeb Banerjee said on Friday.

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