Fire destroys crop on 12 acres
The incident took place following the bursting of a firecracker at a marriage palace on Ferozepur Road on Wednesday evening
Sore over the fire incident wherein “ready to harvest” crop on 12 acres was reduced to ashes on Wednesday, the residents of Baddowal, Karimpura and Hasanpur villages alleged that the district administration was soft on the owners of marriage palaces.
The incident took place on Wednesday evening following the bursting of a firecracker at a marriage palace on the Ferozepur Road on Wednesday evening. The incident destroyed crop on the nearby fields.
Irked over the incident, the villagers came out on the road and staged a protest. They blocked the traffic on the Ferozepur Road for over two hours i.e. from 10pm to 12.30pm and lifted the blockade only after the intervention of the police.
A team from the district administration visited the affected fields and made an assessment report which has to be sent to the state government through the deputy commissioner (DC) for compensation.
Naib tehsildar (Mullanpur Dakha) Harminder Singh along with patwari and kanungo visited the villages and compiled an assessment report.
The naib tehsildar said DC Rahul Tewari had asked them to visit the area and assess the damage.
According to the report compiled by naib tehsildar, around 12 acres of wheat crop was destroyed in the fire which took place due to crackers burst by the baratis, who were celebrating marriage functions at various palaces situated on the Ferozepur road near the villages.
Farmer Bhajan Singh’s wheat crop on 4 acres of land, Kulwant Singh crop on around 2 acres and Bhag Singh's crop on 8 acres of land was destroyed in the fire.
Rajinder Singh, a panchayat member of Hasanpur village, said, "The marriage palaces are violating the rules. Loud music is being played till morning, though the Supreme Court had banned loud music from 10pm to 6am. Use of firecrackers after 10 pm is banned as well, but the Ludhiana district administration has failed to ensure the implementation of court orders."
"On top of everything, we are under house arrest whenever there is any celebration in these marriage palaces as people coming to attend the functions park their vehicles in front of our houses," he said.
"We had meetings with marriage palace owners on these issues, but to no avail, as palace owners are least bothered about our problems. No action has been taken by the police and the district administration despite repeated complaints," he added.