The harvest festival Baisakhi turned into a nightmare for residents of Dhurkot Masih village in Nihal Singh Wala sub-division of Moga on Wednesday afternoon as wheat crop on around 150 acres of land was gutted by a fire.
The fire reportedly began due to a short circuit in a nearby electricity transformer and as many as 22 farmers suffered heavy losses due to the incident.
Even after repeated calls to the fire department, the authorities failed to respond and reached the spot after two hours of the incident when the flames had already been doused by farmers using water.
An aggrieved farmer Harbans Singh, who lost wheat crop on around 12 acres of land, said he was waiting for the Baisakhi to harvest what he sowed but he did not know that his crop would be turned to ashes on the occasion of the festival.
Another affected farmer, Gurmel Singh, lost ripe crop cultivated on 5 acres of land. The affected farmers demanded adequate compensation for the losses. Meanwhile, the revenue department officials, led by patwari Lakhvir Singh, reached the spot to assess the losses.