Hyderabad: Mohammed Ghouse Pasha and Mohammed Mubeen, who were accused of stealing diamond-studded three-tier golden tiffin box, gold cup and saucer, spoons, and other artifacts from Nizam’s museum in Old City, Hyderabad, were convicted by a city court on 11 February. The court sentenced the duo to two-years imprisonment. The sensational case ended in conviction in 17 months.
Informing of the development, Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar tweeted, “2 years of imprisonment awarded to both the offenders in the sensational Nizam museum theft case . The case was detected by Hyd police in a record time and we proved the charge in the court of law and secured conviction. Public support was a major contribution in this detection.”
In September 2018, Mohammed Ghouse Pasha and Mohammed Mubeen, childhood friends and distant relatives, scaled the walls of the museum housed on the first floor of Purani Haveli in the Pathergatti area, removed a ventilator, climbed into the room using a rope, and stole the antiques. They were planning to sell them in the international market for a huge price.
The duo had taken several precautions to avoid the police, like avoiding lanes with CCTVs and not using mobile phones. But the police, based on technical clues, tracked the duo in Mumbai. A case was then registered at Mirchowk police station in the city and a charge sheet was filed in a court at Nampally. The court, after verifying the technical and circumstantial evidence, found them guilty and sentenced them to two years in prison.