A diamond studded gold tiffin box, a gold teacup with saucer and a spoon were stolen from the Nizam Museum in Hyderabad on Sunday, September 2. The artifacts which originally belonged to the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, were found missing when the museum re-opened on Monday, September 3. The museum authorities informed the police immediately and the police have taken charge of the matter. The Mir Chowk Police Station was the immediate body to investigate the matter as the area comes under their jurisdiction.
The thieves broke into the Museum through a two-feet wooden ventilator outlet of the old palace where the items were exhibited. The buglers scaled the wall of about 20 feet from the ground before breaking open the cupboard where the items were kept. In fact, they chose the same way to escape the location. The Police department informed that the stolen antiques, with high historical value, were worth crores of rupees. Reportedly, the three-tiered gold tiffin box, which weighs around 2kg can fetch up to Rs 50 crore in the international market.
As per reports, Hyderabad police appointed 10 teams to investigate the matter. The CCTV cameras were reportedly disoriented ahead of the deed to avoid traces. However, the police officers managed to gather some clues after going through the footage. During the investigation, the Police discovered that the CCTV captured a footage of a man of around 25-years-old, who was seen entering the chamber through the ventilator but his face was not clearly visible. The place has been sealed by the police in order to restrain one from destroying the remaining clues. The police informed that the thieves seemed to be well acquainted with the place and thus might be involved with some current or ex-employee. However, the cops have not made any arrests yet.
The members of the trust, as well as the grandson of the Nizam and other family members, are agitated for more than 100 crores worth of valuables were stolen. They raised questions on the lack of security and the unclear CCTV footage. Senior police officials of the Hyderabad police department including the commissioner Anjani Kumar also visited the location on Monday, September 3, to keep a check on the investigation process. Reportedly, the stolen antiques were gifted to the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad in order to commemorate his 25th year of successful reign.