Thieves used mowers and tillers to destroy an abandoned bridge in the village of Amiyawar, about 150km from Patna in eastern India.
Villagers had previously asked the irrigation department to remove the bridge, which was built over a canal nearly 45 years ago, as it was no longer in use.
And so they believe these thieves posing as government officials have come to fulfill their request.
Gandhi Chaudhary, 29, a villager, told Reuters: “The thieves brought heavy machinery and mowers and worked for two days to dismantle the bridge.”
Accordingly, the villagers believe that the iron from the bridge was loaded onto the truck and destroyed.
“We have identified several members of the gang and some have yet to be traced. The thieves destroyed public property and stole a bridge,” said Subash Kumar, a police official. .
“An investigation has been requested and we are investigating how and when the bridge was stolen.”
Locals filed a police complaint on April 8.
“Three days ago, the structure of the bridge was still there but suddenly it disappeared and we informed the local officials,” Suresh Kumar, a resident of Amiyawar, told The Hindu.
It took the thieves three days to dismantle the bridge and take the scrap away. It was only when the villagers realized that the men were not government officials and left without a word did they realize that this could be a scam.