Gangsters accused of stealing a bridge in India


Reuters

Iron bridge dismantled and likely sold off in parts as scrap metal, officials said

Indian paramilitary troopers patrol on a foot bridge near a site of a gunbattle between suspected militants and Indian government forces in Srinagar on April 10, 2022.
Indian paramilitary troopers patrol on a foot bridge near a site of a gunbattle between suspected militants and Indian government forces in Srinagar on April 10, 2022. PHOTO BY TAUSEEF MUSTAFA /TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA — Police in India were seeking to arrest members of a gang who dismantled a 60-feet-long iron bridge and likely sold it off in parts as scrap metal, officials said on Sunday..

The robbers, posing as government officials attached with the irrigation department in the eastern state of Bihar, used gas cutters and earthmoving machinery to break down an abandoned bridge in Amiyawar village, about 150 kilometres south from Patna, the state capital.

Selling metal scrap can be a lucrative business in India, where cases of theft of metal parts from public property to sell in large, unorganized scrapyards for quick cash are common.