New Delhi: The valuables stolen in the Nizam Museum by burglars is estimated to be over Rs.1 crore. In the international market, the metal value in the auction can fetch over Rs 100 crore. Since the museum is run by a private trust, there was no police security. The Hyderabad police have arrested the two accused in this regard.
The 20 police teams managed to nab the culprits with the help of the CCTV footage. They also recovered the loot which consists of a gold tiffin box studded with diamonds and emeralds, a gold cup-saucer set studded with rubies and diamonds, and a golden spoon.
Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, Anjani Kumar said, “It was a big challenge for us and we formed 20 teams to recover the heritage items and worked tirelessly.” He added that it was the responsibility of the private trust to provide security. As per the reports, the burglars did not steal the Holy Quran wrapped in gold because they apparently freaked out when the Azaan was played in a nearby masjid.”
The accused involved in the sensational heist were identified as Mohammad Ghouse Pasha and Mohammad Mubeen. Both of them are residents of Rajendra Nagar in Delhi.
According to a report by India Today, a police officer was quoted as saying, “We found an arrow mark, which was used by construction workers at the crime scene. It was the most important clue of all. We finally nabbed them and recovered the entire stock.”
The theft occurred on September 3 when the burglars stole valuables that were allegedly used by Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, the last Nizam of Hyderabad. Officer Anjani Kumar reportedly said that the accused Ghouse had a strange habit of eating raw meat that he earned the nickname ‘Khooni Ghouse.’ After stealing, the accused started eating food from the tiffin box because they were “so obsessed with the golden tiffin,” added the officer.