Hyderabad: With the arrest of two men and recovery of stolen goods, the Hyderabad Police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the theft of antique items, including a gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, from the Nizam’s Museum. Fifteen special teams were formed as part of the probe into the September 2 theft from the third gallery of the museum.Also Read - 45-Foot-Tall Eco-Friendly Idol of Goddess Durga Installed at Pandal in Hyderabad | See Pics
Museum authorities had complained to police that a gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, a cup studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds and a saucer and a spoon, belonging to the seventh Nizam, were missing from the almirah. “All (stolen) items have been recovered. Two accused have been apprehended,” a senior official told PTI. Also Read - Cupboard Full of Currency Notes Discovered in Hyderabad, Money Worth Over Rs 142 Crore | See Image
After CCTV footage of two masked people (seen walking out of the building and driving a bike) went viral on social media, police suspected that at least two people committed the offence after gaining entry through the ventilator. The Nizam’s Museum showcases the collection of Nizam Osman Ali Khan, the seventh and last Nizam and also his father’s (sixth Nizam’s) wardrobe. Also Read - Hyderabad Cops Issues Challan on KTR's Car For Traffic Rule Violation, He Commends Them For Sincerity
The galleries at the museum stock silver and gold artefacts and replicas of landmark constructions.
Last week, grandson of Nizam VII of Hyderabad and president of the Nizam Family Welfare Association Nawab Najaf Ali Khan had written to Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and requested for prioritising recovery of the stolen objects. He also questioned the security arrangements at the museum. “There is a big question mark on the management running this museum as it due to their negligence and poor security arrangements gave easy access to the thieves,” the daily quoted him as saying.