Hyderabad, Sep 11: The Hyderabad Police have recovered precious antique items which were stolen from the Nizam Museum on September 3. Two accused have also been arrested, said reports.
The theft came to light on September 3 morning after museum staff found a one-foot high golden food box encrusted with diamonds and rubies, a golden spoon and two cups and saucers missing.
Commissioner of Hyderabad Police Anjani Kumar said that net value of stolen items in the international market is around Rs 100 crore.
"Metal value of these would be over Rs.1 cr,but in international market,its value in auction can go over Rs. 100 cr. There is no police security for this museum. Its run by a private trust,it's their responsibility to provide security," Anjani Kumar told media. (Image credit - ANI/Twitter)
In the dead of night on September 2, the gang of two entered the museum at Purani Haveli in the old quarters of Hyderabad through a ventilator shaft. They removed an iron grill and crawled into the tiny space to access the treasures, a report said.
Fifteen special teams were formed as part of the probe to detect the theft that took place on September 2 from the third gallery of the museum at Purani Haveli in Hyderabad. Museum authorities had complained to police that antique items -a gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, a cup studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, a saucer and a spoon, belonging to the seventh Nizam were found missing from the almirah.
Nawab Najaf Ali Khan, grandson of 7th Nizam of Hyderabad and president of the Nizam Family Welfare Association had last week written a letter to Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and requested for taking utmost priority to recover the objects of historical importance. He also questioned the security arrangements at the museum.
OneIndia News with PTI inputs