After mobile tower and engine, thieves now steal 2-km long train track in Bihar's Samastipur
A shocking incident of theft in Bihar's Samastipur district has prompted an official investigation by the Railways department, according to reports.
Some unidentified thieves stole a nearly two-km-long railway track that were used to connect the Lohat sugar mill with the Pandaul railway station, according to reports.
The theft took place at a time when there was no movement on the route as the Lohat mill shut down a few years ago.
Following the shocking incident, two Railway Protection Force (RPF) employees were suspended. Some officials said the theft was carried out in "connivance" with RPF personnel.
It is also being reported that the track was sold to scrap dealers after being removed from the stretch.
Officials found out that the 2 km long rail line had been sold without a competitive tender with the complicity of some railway department members.
Samastipur railway division is now reportedly involved in the matter, said reports.
Besides the two PRF employees, the police detained father-and-son suspects Anil Yadav and Rahul Kumar in relation to the case.
The incident comes just a few days after reports of several bizarre thefts in Bihar surfaced online.
A 29-feet-tall mobile tower was reported stolen by thieves allegedly posing as telecom workers in Patna.
Installed over a house in Sabzi Bagh in 2006 by now-defunct mobile service provider AIRCEL, it was sold to GTL Limited — a company that manages telecom towers.
Company officials discovered the structure was missing during a recent inspection of mobile towers after previously finding it intact in August 2022, according to Indiatimes.
Back in November, Bihar police claimed thatbandit gangs were stealing diesel and vintage railroad locomotives, and unbolting steel bridges in the state.
A gang reportedly stole an entire diesel train engine that had been transferred to Garhara yard in Barauni for repairs, TOI reported in the last week of November.