Unable to find a lead into the theft at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama on Sunday morning, the Amritsar city police are now investigating the possibility of "insiders' involvement".
Police said the likelihood of an insider's' involvement came to the fore during the course of investigation. "The cops found that the CCTV camera in the room, where the daggers of the maharaja were kept, not functioning for the past few days,"
Seven out of the total of nine daggers - numbered as 68149, 68150, 68151, 68165, 68171, 68177 and 68186 - were stolen on Sunday. The daggers were kept in a glass enclosure along with other artefacts associated with the maharaja since 2006. These were brought to Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Amritsar, from Patiala in 1977.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP), City 2, Ketan Patil said the fact that the CCTV camera had not been working for the past few days had aroused the cops' suspicion about the possibility of an insider's involvement in the theft.
He added that the cops had questioned the staff employed at the panorama, besides taking their finger prints, which would be matched with finger prints taken from the spot of theft.
"These finger prints have been sent for forensic testing and comparison," he said. He added that the police were investigating the case from various angles to ascertain the identity of the accused and the intent behind the theft.