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India closes probe into theft of Rabindranath Tagore Nobel medal  2009-08-23 

    NEW DELHI, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — India’s premier probe agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has closed its investigation into the theft of the Nobel Prize medal of world famous Indian polymath Rabindranath Tagore, who shaped Bengali literature in the early 20th century, a senior official said Sunday.

     “The CBI has closed the probe citing absence of any further clues,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

     Tagore’s Nobel medal for literature and certificate as well as some personal possessions were stolen from a museum in Shantiniken in March 2004.

     Earlier, the CBI had temporarily closed investigation only to reopen it last year after reports of some clues surfaced.

     Tagore became the first non-Westerner to win the literature prize in 1913. He is one of modern India’s greatest poets and composer of both the Indian and Bangladeshi national anthems.

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