Thieves had food from Nizam’s gold tiffin box

The sensational robbery at the Nizam’s Museum in Hyderabad has been solved within a week of a Hollywood-style heist by two men who escaped to Mumbai and lived it up in a luxury hotel before being tracked down.A four-kg gold tiffin box studded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds – arguably the star of their rich haul – a gold cup studded with rubies and emeralds, a saucer, a spoon and a tray have all been found from the duo.

The three-tier tiffin box worth several crores may not have been used by the Nizam, but one of the thieves used it every day to have food.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.The market value of the robbed goods – just the gold – would have fetched them Rs 1 crore. But their antique value is many times more. It could have been sold for 30-40 crore rupees in the Dubai market.
After launching a massive hunt, the police first hit a dead-end with hardly any footage of the thieves, who had turned away the CCTV cameras while in action. There are about 32 security cameras on the premises.

In pic: Nawab Najaf Ali Khan grandson of Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan shows the spot from where the items belonging to the seventh Nizam were stolen at Nizam’s Museum in Pathargatti, Hyderabad.

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