Thieves broke into the Nizam’s Museum at Purani Haveli in the old city in Hyderabad and stole an antique tiffin box weighing two kilograms, a cup and saucer and a spoon studded with diamonds in the early hours of the Monday morning.
The burglars seemed to have entered inside by removing the iron grill of the ventilator on the first floor. Police suspect the burglars used a rope to enter the building. The museum authorities lodged a complaint with Mir Chowk police station after they found the valuables missing on Monday. Police have registered a case and began investigations. They were examining the CCTV footage.
Police officials are investigating from the angle of the role of insiders in the theft. The stolen antique pieces that were on display belonged to the family of ‘Nizams’, the rulers of erstwhile Hyderabad State. The museum, which is located in Masrat mahal in Purani Haveli, showcases many personal belongings of Nizams and their family members and the 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. Nizam Trust run by the Nizams family opened this museum in the year 2000 for general public and it is one of the major tourist attractions in the city. Receiving news of the theft, Hyderabad City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar immediately reached the museum and spent more than two hours at the spot. DGP M.Mahender Reddy enquired about the incident.