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65-yr-old farmer burnt to death while trying to save crop from fire in Moga

The fire that broke out due to a spark in a farm machine in Mahesri Sandhua village quickly spread to two adjoining villages of Jogewala and Kahan Singh Wala. It destroyed 50 acres of standing wheat crop besides 20 acres of stubble.

punjab Updated: Apr 18, 2017 23:34 IST
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A 65-year-old farmer died while trying to douse fire that engulfed his field in Kahan Singh Wala village near here on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Harbans Singh.

The fire that broke out due to a spark in a farm machine in Mahesri Sandhua village quickly spread to two adjoining villages of Jogewala and Kahan Singh Wala. It destroyed 50 acres of standing wheat crop besides 20 acres of stubble.

Witnesses said Harbans was on his tractor trying to save his crop when he came in contact with the fire.

Cops and adminitrative officials rushed to the spot. Fire tenders from Moga, Faridkot and Ferozepur took over two hours to douse the flames.

Moga sub-divisional magistrate Charandeep Singh said the number of affected farmers is yet to be ascertained.

“A report on the crop loss will be sent to the government, and compensation will be given as per rules,” he said.

Moga Sadar station house officer (SHO) Ravinder Singh said Harbans Singh’s body was handed over to his family after the post-mortem examination. Proceedings under Section 174 of the Civil Procedure Code (CrPC) have been initiated.

In another similar incident, wheat crop spread over 10 acres was gutted at Khosa Pandu village in Moga. The fire was sparked when a farmer was starting his tractor.

Blurb: Fire that spread in three villages destroys wheat crop spread over 50 acre