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Haryana farmer dies in fire caused by burning of paddy stubble

The burning of agricultural waste in open fields is banned under the provisions of the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

Written by SUKHBIR SIWACH | Chandigarh | Updated: October 23, 2017 6:51 am
 Stubble Burning, Haryana burning of paddy, Farmer dies of stubble burning, Haryana farmer dies, Prem Chand, India news, Indian Express According to Investigating Officer Harvilash Singh, paddy stubble was being burnt in a three-acre field belonging to Satpal and Prem Chand, when the fire spread to another neighbour’s sugarcane field.

A 75-year-old farmer, Prem Chand, reportedly died in a fire caused by burning of paddy stubble, in Ambala district of Haryana on Friday.

In his complaint to the police, Prem Chand’s son Munish has blamed their neighbour Arun and his father Satpal.

According to Investigating Officer Harvilash Singh, paddy stubble was being burnt in a three-acre field belonging to Satpal and Prem Chand, when the fire spread to another neighbour’s sugarcane field.

“Munish told us that the accused called Prem Chand to extinguish the fire… He suffered serious burn injuries,” said Singh.

According to sources, Prem Chand was admitted to a government hospital in Naraingarh with 80 per cent burn injuries. He was later shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Chandigarh, where he died on Friday evening.

Sources said the accused blamed Prem Chand for setting the paddy stubble on fire, but the latter’s family denied the charge.

An FIR was registered on Saturday, based on Munish’s complaint. Singh said they conducted raids on Sunday, but could not trace Satpal or Arun.

The burning of agricultural waste in open fields is banned under the provisions of the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. Till last week, as many as 674 cases of stubble burning were detected, and Rs 7.35 lakh collected as penalty from farmers, in Haryana after a campaign was launched on September 22.

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    goldenfig
    Oct 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    What is the equation between deaths due to stubble burning and farmers not burning it? The government must bear the burden of not burning stubble by degrading it in biogas plants by an emergency building of such plants which can use excreta of living beings. Useless actions like building nuke power plants must be stopped and good Karma like causing the genesis and support of beings via enjoyment of living energy must be adopted now. Otherwise the goverment personnel must be tried for crimes against all life and given death sentences on an emergecy basis. And by God stop the proliferation of fossil burning cars now. What is equation of deaths due to fossil fired pollution(Lives per litre) and the profiteering by the evil actions of the auto industry?
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      Sivalinga
      Oct 23, 2017 at 5:54 am
      I d i o t was polluting env. He deserved it..
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        J.Singh
        Oct 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm
        What about car owners, construction people, cigarette smokers, gutka chewers, pann eaters, guess for them also......
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