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Didi promises Nobel probe again

india Updated: Apr 20, 2011 13:14 IST
Surojit Ghosh Hazra

There will be fresh investigation into the Rabindranath Tagore Nobel medallion theft, Mamata Banerjee has said, despite the CBI's closure of the case.

Banerjee said at a public rally in Bolpur on Monday: "Our government will start a fresh investigation into the Nobel heist along with the Sainbari murder cases, Kashipur massacre and even the murder of Hemanta Bose… I can also ensure that there will not only be an investigation, but the accused will be convicted."

However, the promise of reinvestigation has led to mixed reactions among the people.

"I have heard about the promise by Mamata Banerjee from the media. However, closing down of the Nobel heist case by CBI was a sad decision. But if the government asks the CBI to reopen the case, we should really welcome that," said Visva-Bharati PRO Amitabha Choudhury.

"We hoped that the CBI, the highest investigative body of the country, would employ its full force to recover the Nobel medallion. However, their hands-up attitude disappointed many of us. If a new government starts a fresh probe, there is nothing like it," said Dipesh Roy Choudhury, a senior ashramite.

"If the new government, as assured by Mamata Banerjee, forces the CBI to reveal the fact and recover the stolen item, it will be a great thing, especially in the year in which we are observing the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore. What could be a better gift than to recover his stolen medal?" said housewife Baishakhi Choudhury.

Bishnu Mukherjee, an educationist thinks, "it is nothing but a political gimmick before the assembly elections. She (Mamata Banerjee) has tried to make this sentimental subject an issue to bag more votes."