Gold artifacts stolen from Nizam’s Museum in Hyderabad, police probe on

Hyderabad: A gold tiffin box which weighed two kilogram, a cup, saucer, and spoon studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds were stolen from Nizam’s Museum in Hyderabad, police said on Monday.

Burglars allegedly broke into the museum located in Purani Haveli in the old city of Hyderabad late on Sunday night. The museum authorities lodged a complaint with Mir Chowk police station after they found the valuables missing on Monday.

The burglars might have gained entry by removing the iron grill of the ventilator on the first floor. Police believe that they used a rope to enter the building.

Police have registered a case and launched investigations. While the police are examining the CCTV footage, an officer said that they were also investigating the possibility of the role of any insider in the theft. Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and other senior officers visited the museum.

The stolen items belonged to the family of Nizams, the rulers of erstwhile Hyderabad State and were on display along with several other personal belongings of the royal family at the museum located in Purani Haveli.

The museum showcases several gifts received by Mir Osman Ali Khan, sixth and the last Nizam from 1911 to 1948 when Hyderabad State was annexed by India.

The museum is also home to Nizam’s cars including 1930 Rolls Royce, a 150-year-old manually operated lift and wardrobe of sixth Nizam, who was the richest man in the world in 1930s.

Nizam Trust, run by the Nizam’s family, opened this museum in 2000 for general public and it is one of the major tourist attractions in the city.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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