A gold tiffin box weighing 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.
Speaking to TNM, SHO, L Balu Chouhan said, "The burglary must have taken place at night. The theft was noticed only in the morning at 10:30 am, when the attender was having a look around the museum."
The burglars are suspected to have gained entry by removing the iron grill of the ventilator on the first floor. Police believe the burglars used a rope to enter the building.
Police have registered a case and launched investigations. They were examining the CCTV footage. A police officer said that they were investigating the role of insiders in the theft.
"The burglar entered the museum through the ventilator and to avoid being caught, has bent the CCTV. As a result, the camera couldn't capture the thief," the police officer added.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and other senior officers visited the museum.
The tiffin box, cup, saucer and spoon 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, one of the palaces of Nizam.
The museum showcases several 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, 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.