In a bizarre incident in Darbhanga, Bihar, a government pond named ‘Neem Pokhar’ was allegedly stolen overnight by the land mafia. They filled the pond with sand and constructed a hut on its site. This unexpected event has left local residents and authorities stunned.
Residents noticed unusual activities involving trucks and machinery over several nights, leading to the transformation of the pond into a land plot. Despite their efforts to alert the police, the culprits had fled by the time authorities arrived. The pond, once a public space used for activities like fishing, was targeted due to the rising land prices in Darbhanga.
This incident is part of a string of unusual thefts in Bihar, including the disappearance of a diesel engine and a 60-foot bridge in separate incidents. The police are investigating the matter, but the episode highlights the challenges posed by land mafia and illegal encroachments in the region.
The news of this audacious act of encroachment comes at a time when Bihar is striving to improve its image and attract investors, which such incidents could potentially undermine.