Police Catch Thieves of Stolen Antiques Worth Millions From Hyderabad's Nizam Museum

Published September 12th, 2018 - 08:46 GMT
Nizam’s gold tiffin box, teacup stolen from museum in Hyderabad  (Twitter)
Nizam’s gold tiffin box, teacup stolen from museum in Hyderabad (Twitter)

Police nabbed the thieves who stole valuable antique items including a gold tiffin box worth millions last week from the Nizam's Museum in Hyderabad, India.

The gang of two men entered the museum through the ventilator shaft and robbed a cup studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, a saucer and a spoon besides the gold tiffin box belonging to the seventh Nizam, according to News 18 report.

The thieves allegedly fled to Mumbai and lived in a luxury hotel before they were nabbed and all items recovered. Special police teams probing the case said that one of thieves used the Nizam's three-tier gold tiffin box to have food every day.

Fifteen special teams were formed to nab the thieves involved in the robbery that took place on September 2 at the third gallery of the museum at Purani Haveli. "All (stolen) items recovered. Two accused have been apprehended," an official said. The CCTV footage caught two masked men walking out of the museum.



Post the heist, Nawab Najaf Ali Khan, grandson of Nizam VII of Hyderabad and president of the Nizam Family Welfare Association, had last week written a letter to Hyderabad Police Commissioner, Anjani Kumar, requesting utmost priority to recover the objects of historical importance. "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," News18 quoted Khan as saying.

He added, "The museum has various precious items of Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur Nizam VII, souvenirs, gifts presented by other rulers, presented to him by dignitaries and many more priceless items are placed at the museum."

Besides, the museum houses several objects from the seventh Nizam's personal collection intricately carved with diamonds and rubies studded in gold and silver. The museum also features the massive wardrobe of the sixth Nizam measuring several metres, a 150-year old manually operated lift, and 200-year old proclamation drums, Khan added.


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