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9 Apr 2022
3:13 pm

WATCH: Thieves steal 500-tonne iron bridge in India

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An investigation has been launched into the bizarre incident.

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A gang of crafty scrap metal thieves dismantled and decamped with a 500-tonne defunct iron bridge in eastern India, police said Saturday, pulling off the unlikely heist by pretending to be irrigation officials.

The robbing of the bridge was reported Wednesday in the state of Bihar, one of the poorest in the country.

Police officer Subhash Kumar told AFP the thieves came in the guise of government irrigation officials.

They brought bulldozers and gas cutters and tore apart the structure before escaping with the booty over two days, Kumar said.

“They took away the scrap in a heavy vehicle,” he said.

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The thieves had been chipping away at the 50-year-old structure — built over a water canal — ever since another bridge nearby was opened to the public five years ago.

Arshad Kamal Shamsi, Junior Engineer, Irrigation Department, Bihar told Indian news channel Mirror Now that the thieves told locals they were uprooting the bridge as per the department’s order.

The villagers had, reportedly, previously urged the administration to remove the dilapidated bridge.

Police launched an investigation into the bizarre incident on Thursday but no arrests have been made so far.

The authorities also alerted the local scrap dealers about the incident.

Watch the video below of how the events transpired: