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‘Baul’ Singer Pradip Bauri arrested for theft of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize Medal in 2004

After 12 years from the theft of Tagore's Nobel Medallion, finally the case experiences some progress!

Rabindranath Tagore. Wikimedia

Kolkata, Nov 25, 2016: A ‘baul’ singer has been taken into police custody for his suspected association in the theft of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize medal in 2004, a CID officer stated today.

Pradip Bauri, a folk singer, was picked up by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) from Ruppur village in Birbhum district earlier this month, the official said on condition of anonymity, mentioned PTI.

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“We are almost sure about his involvement. He arranged safe passage for others to move stolen items from Santiniketan to somewhere else. Though he has denied it we have decided to put him under narco-analysis test on Wednesday. We have already received court permission,” said the SIT official.

Bauri was locked up for nearly two weeks by the CBI during its investigation into the case.

PTI reports mentioned, it was clear after questioning Bauri that he had knowledge of the entire episode and others involved in the heist, he said.

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Bauri, who had presided over the gram panchayat of Ruppur from 1998 to 2003 had provided shelter to the culprits involved in stealing the medal and also helped them disappear, believe officials

Following his enquiry, it has been disclosed that a Bangladeshi national, Mohammed Hossain Shipul, was the mastermind of the plan and two Europeans were also involved in it, the SIT officer added.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had declared in August that if the state government was given the responsibility, it could try to retrieve the Nobel medallion stolen from a museum of Visva Bharati University. The medal has great historical and cultural value as it was the first Nobel Prize won by an Indian; but from a patriotic view, Tagore’s Nobel Medal is simply priceless, mentioned PTI.

Along with the medal, Tagore’s gold pocket watch, his wife Mrinalini Devi’s gold bangle and antique Baluchari saree, his father Debendranath Tagore’s gold ring, several silver articles, rare paintings besides other awards, and certificates conferred on him were also stolen. In 2005, the Nobel foundation handed over two replicas of the Nobel Prize to Vishwa Bharati University.

Even though CID and later CBI took over this case time and again, but they never had much luck and were compelled to close it down. After a temporary pause, this case was reopened again because of political influence and national interest.

The SIT which arrested Bauri, was formed thereafter with Mamata Banerjee’s enthusiasm and support. It consists of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, ADG of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Rajesh Kumar and IG of CID (II) Javed Shamim.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram with inputs from PTI. Twitter: @dubumerang

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A Quick Guide to White Collar Crime

Take care that you never fall victim to a white collar crime and don’t be afraid to report it to the police if you do

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There are many different types of crime all with their own legal definitions and police proceedings. This is because depending on the crime, it will have to be handled in the correct way. White collar crime is one type of offence which is often spoken about as individual crimes but never as one whole genre. What do we mean by white collar crime? Let’s take a look.

What is White Collar Crime?

White collar crime includes; theft, fraud, identity theft and forgery as well as many other types of crime that involve money and are nonviolent. The FBI deals with these crimes in the US, however in the UK, the police will be involved and then will be transferred to a team depending on what the nature of the crime is. There are many different branches of police which deal with these offences, from Vice to the National Crime Agency.


There are some different types of theft that you can fall victim to, for example, theft of personal belongings, shop goods, robbery, armed robbery and many others. Each of these types of theft can cause a lot of stress to a person and it can be difficult to deal with. When you fall victim to theft, it is always important to report it to the police straight away to make sure the incident can be dealt with as soon as possible. Try to leave the scene of the crime as untouched as possible as that will help the investigation.


Another type of white collar crime is fraud; this can happen to anyone and can be done in a number of ways. All it takes is for you to enter your details into a fake website where someone can then access your details and pretend to be you, which means you can then end up losing money. Never open a link in an email if you don’t trust it and always be sure that you don’t give out valuable information like bank account details over the phone.

There are many different types of crime all with their own legal definitions and police proceedings. Pixabay

Forgery Crimes

Like the rest of the white collar crimes, you will find that there are many different ways you can be a victim of forgery crimes. This is because people can forge art and archaeological artefacts and sell them on to buyers at the same price or more than what an original piece would cost.

People also forge items such as documents, designer brands, and even money. When it comes to forgery, sometimes it is impossible to tell if the item is real or not which makes it so hard to tell without expert help. In order to avoid falling victim to a forgery fraud, only purchase items from well-known sellers or seek expert advice before purchasing. Most high-end brands will be able to provide a list of their third-party stockists.

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In Conclusion

Overall, white collar crimes might not always be life-threatening crimes as much as some other crimes can be; however, they can still cause huge stress or impact on the victim’s life. Take care that you never fall victim to a white collar crime and don’t be afraid to report it to the police if you do.