Hyderabad Police has formed 15 special teams to rack the theft case of antique items, including a gold tiffin box and a cup studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, from the Nizam's Museum at Purani Haveli.
Police, quoting a complaint lodged by the museum authorities, said the theft took place on Sunday night from the third gallery of the museum. The stolen antique items - a gold tiffin box, a cup studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, a saucer and a spoon, belong to the seventh Nizam, the police added.
However, the official, talking to PTI, denied to confirm the market value of the stolen items and said that as the specific value of the items could not be stated as the complainant did not mention their worth.
Asked if they suspect the role of any insiders or professional thieves, the official said further investigations are on and they were examining CCTV footage.
A security official earlier said guards opened the room in the third gallery Monday morning and noticed that the gold tiffin box was missing, along with the cup, a saucer and a spoon, following which they informed police.
"The ventilator on the first floor was broken open and the burglars gained entry using a rope. They made away with a gold tiffin box, a cup studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, a saucer and a spoon," he said.
The Nizam's Museum showcases the collection of Nizam Osman Ali Khan, the seventh and last Nizam and also his father's (sixth Nizams) wardrobe.
The galleries at the museum stock silver and gold artifacts and replicas of landmark constructions.
(With inputs from PTI)