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

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Tarsem Singh Deogan ludlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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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.

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