Eight Arrested for ‘Stealing’ 60-Foot-Long Bridge in India

Police arrested eight people, including two government officials, for illegally dismantling a 60-foot-long defunct iron bridge in the Indian state of Bihar.

Sasaram Superintendent of Police Ashish Bharti said that part-time Irrigation Department worker Arvind Kumar and Irrigation Department official Radhe Shyam Singh were among those arrested.

Kumar allegedly supervised the illegal operation while Singh owned the van used to steal the bridge in the Amiyawar village in the Rohtas district.

The thieves stole the bridge on April 8 to sell it as scrap, police said.

Police said officers seized gas cutters, earth excavator machines, and the pick-up van used in the operation, which took about three days.

Police also said they seized 247 kilogram of metal.

Further investigation is underway, police said.

Weighing 500 tons, the bridge was built on the Ara canal in 1976. It became defunct after it was declared dangerous. It has not been used since the early 2000s after a concrete bridge was built nearby.

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