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FIRs registered against 50 in Moga district, 5 arrested


FIRs registered against 50 in Moga district, 5 arrested

Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service
Moga, November 10

Fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse farm fires ignited by burning of paddy straw by farmers after their harvest.

Fire tenders from Moga city were rushed to Buttar village to douse a farm fire ignited by a local farmer on Saturday evening. The officials of the Agriculture Department and the local police also reached the spot. A criminal case was registered against the erring farmer.

Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar, plant protection officer, said the Fire Department had been asked to give the details of expenditure incurred on dousing the fire, which wouldbe recovered from the farmer who burnt straw in his field. “We have identified some vulnerable spots in the district where fire tenders will be deployed permanently for the next 10 days to douse farm fires,” he said.

District Magistrate Sandeep Hans has already issued orders to recover the cost of dousing farm fires from the farmers concerned who burn paddy straw defying the orders of the apex court.

The Punjab State Pollution Control Board has also been asked to impose penalty on the erring farmers.

Further, the DM has also asked the police to include relevant Sections of the pollution control Act in addition to Aection 188 of the IPC in the FIRs registered against the erring farmers. So far, FIRs had been registered against more than 400 farmers in the district for burning paddy straw.

Meanwhile, some farmers continue to burn stubble on Sunday despite the civil and police administration taking stern action against the rising cases of stubble burning in the district.

During the past two days, more than 50 cases of farm fires had been reported in the district. An equal number of FIRs had been registered against the erring farmers. At least, five farmers were arrested. However, Sandeep Kumar a farmer of Buttar village, said, "It is out of compulsion that we have to burn stubble as we have no other way to dispose farm remains. The government has not given us machines to manage the crop residue”.

Tenders pressed into service to douse fires

  • Fire tenders from Moga city were rushed to Buttar village to douse a farm fire ignited by a local farmer on Saturday evening
  • Officials of the Agriculture Department and the local police also reached the spot and a criminal case was registered against the erring farmer
  • The Punjab State Pollution Control Board has also been asked to impose penalty on the erring farmers

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