Detectives based at the
railways Monday launched a manhunt for suspects who deconstructed a railway line and loaded over 60 rails into a waiting lorry, in Rongai, Nakuru County.
This left the line badly exposed and posed dangers to the users at large.
The suspects had loaded 65 rails and 120 slippers into a waiting lorry in Burgei village when police officers from Rongai police station accosted them a few minutes to midnight Sunday night.
But on sighting the officers, the loaders and the lorry driver immediately took off leaving the lorry loaded with the vandalized materials.
The Rails and Slippers had been vandalized from the line that runs from Rongai to Kampi ya Moto and Solai.
Vandalism of critical national infrastructure by unscrupulous traders led to the scrapping of scrap metal dealing last year, after the vandalism of critical infrastructure became rampant.
In one instance last year, vandalism of gauge blocks along the standard gauge railway line led to the stoppage of operations for two hours, as railway engineers and security officers inspected the extent of the damage caused to the critical national transport infrastructure.
Vandalism of critical national infrastructure is a serious offence and the suspects once arrested could face Economic Sabotage and Terrorism related charges.
Police said they are hunting down those behind the incident and are making good leads into the same.