A complete train engine stationed at a railway yard in Bihar’s Begusarai was stolen by thieves’ piece by piece through a tunnel they dug in the yard. The thieves allegedly stole the engine that had been brought to the Garhara yard for repair.

The shocking yet ridiculous incident came to light only after an FIR was filed in the case at the Barauni Police Station. Following the reports that surfaced, the Railway Protection Force began the hunt in finding the missing parts.

PS Dubey, the inspector at Railway Protection Force in Muzaffarpur said, "Last week, a case was registered at the Barauni police station for the theft of a diesel engine brought for repairs to the Garhara yard. In the course of the investigation, three people were arrested.”

Following the interrogation, the search operation was conducted at all the associated sights including the scrap godown in the Prabhat Nagar area of the adjoining Muzaffarpur district, and 13 sacks of full of the train parts were found, Dubey further added.

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However, the details about the godown owner are still on. Among the list of items recovered include engine parts, wheels of vintage train engines, and railway parts made of heavy iron. "They had dug a tunnel to the railway yard and through it, they used to carry the locomotive parts and other items in sacks," said Dubey.

The gang is also involved in unbolting steel bridges and stealing their parts, he said. Last year, a railway engineer of Samastipur Loco Diesel Shed was suspended after he allegedly sold off an old steam engine kept at the Purnea court premises. The engineer had allegedly used a forged letter from the divisional mechanical engineer of Samastipur to sell the engine in connivance with other railway officials and security personnel.

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