The police on Sunday claimed to have cracked the case of the burglary at the apartment of Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, with the arrest of three brothers from Sangam Vihar.
The alleged burglars who had decamped with Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel medal replica and the citation from his home "failed to recall" whether they had taken away the certificate too. Police has also recovered his Nobel certificate, jewellery and other personal items.
Satyarthi, a child rights and education activist, won the prize along with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai in 2014.
DCP Baaniya said he had constituted seven teams to crack the case.
Describing the process of zeroing in on the accused, Joint Commisisoner of Police (South Eastern Range) R.P. Upadhyay said the CCTV footage, though available, was not of much help as the faces of two accused were covered while the face of the third person was not very clear. Meanwhile, police said that they have not been able to find the citation which was stolen along with the replica.
"Majority of the stolen articles have been recovered with the arrest of the three accused on Saturday night. I appeal to the people to bring it to the notice of the police if they find the citation anywhere", Satyarthi told IANS. All items, including the Nobel medal replica, iPads, laptops and watches, have been recovered. Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik also tweeted about the case being solved.
Two other houses in the same area as Satyarthi's had also been broken into.
The accused brothers are natives of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and had been living in the jhuggis near the Aravali Apartments since their birth. Hence they were well aware of the topography of the area and they chose to commit the burglary in the same area.
"But, they worked in the same locality as labourers".
The burglars had fled with the replica, the citation and ornaments, which are of sentimental value to the family.