Kailash Satyarthi. (Image: Reuters)
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday claimed that they had identified the burglars who were involved in the theft at the residence of Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and arrested three in connection with the robbery.
Sources in the police also asserted that the stolen valuables, including the replica of Nobel Prize, had been recovered.
Police had found a pair of shoes in Satyarthi's house that was suspected to belong to the burglars but they later turned out to be part of the items that were stolen from one of the other houses.
"Earlier, Satyarthi's son said the shoes belong to his father but after his return, Satyarthi said the shoes don't belong to him. We thought that the shoes belong to one of the burglars but later it turned out, that they had been left behind by them," a senior police officer said.
"The shoes had been stolen from one of the other houses that had been broken into and probably were left by the burglars since they didn't have enough space in their bag," he said.
The thieves allegedly decamped with the replica of the Nobel Medal and the citation along with a host of other mementoes from around the world and some jewellery from Satyarthi's Kalkaji residence.
Police had said that it appeared that the burglars had come with an intention only to rob jewellery as the other expensive items were left untouched.
Two other houses in the same area as Satyarthi's had also been broken into.
Satyarthi had presented his Nobel Peace Prize medal to President Pranab Mukherjee in January, 2015. The original medal has been preserved and is now on display at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, his office had said.
(with PTI inputs)