The locals had complained when the pond-filling started and had led to zonal officials briefly stopping the work and making some seizures.
After a bridge and a train engine, Bihar's list of bizarre thefts continued with an entire pond being "stolen". The pond vanished and had a hut built on it, leaving the locals baffled in Darbhanga district.
The surprise appearance of a hut did prompt them to inform the cops, but the land mafia - who are accused of filling the pond to take over the land - had fled by the time the police arrived.
Locals suggest the pond was publicly-owned and even maintained for fishing and other activities. But the rising prices of land in Darbhanga made the mafia set their eyes on the water body.