The Barnala police on Tuesday lodged four FIRs against farmers for setting fields on fire and fined them Rs 2,500 each, besides issuing 35 challans to other farmers. On Tuesday, 862 field fire incidents were detected by remote sensing satellite, as against the daily average of 100 over the last 4 days. Weather was smoggy by Tuesday evening and it was hard to breath for many.
Barnala SDM Sandeep Kumar said, “I found paddy fields on fire in Barnala and Dhanaula following which FIRs were lodged. Though farmers were not present on the spot, we will collect the fine through the Punjab Pollution Control Board’s office.” Kahan Singh Pannu, PPCB chairman, said, “Because of increase in wind speed, the suspended particles got dispersed in air, leading to a smoggy Tuesday.” So far, a total of 43,145 fire incidents have been reported across Punjab.