Standing and ready-for-harvest wheat crop over 100 acres of land was gutted in villages of Bathinda and Moga districts on Sunday due to fires caused by a short circuit in high-tension power wires passing over the fields.
In Bathinda, standing and some harvested wheat crop over about 80 acres of land in Govindpura and Bhucho Kalan villages was reduced to ashes after a major fire due to short circuit in the electricity wires.
The land belonged to as many as 24 farmers of the area. The farmers alleged that the fire was caused due to a short circuit in the high-tension power wires passing over a part of the land.
WIRES FALL OVER FIELDS IN MOGA
In Moga, wheat crop over around 20 acres of land was burnt down in Rauli and Chugawan villages, nine km from the district headquarters, after live power wires passing over the fields fell down due to a short circuit and the crop caught fire following a spark.
The crop, which was reduced to ashes, was ready for harvesting. The land belonged to Malkit Singh (10 acre), Nachhatter Singh (7 acre) of Rauli village and Karamjit Singh (3 acre) of Chugawan residents.
Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot, but the crop was totally burnt by the time the tenders reached. People from the surrounding areas came out in large numbers to extinguish the fire. Jaswant Rai Dania, tehsildar of Badhni Kalan, visted the spot immediately and listened to grievances of the farmers concerned. The tehsildar submitted a report to deputy commissioner Parminder Singh Gill. Nirbhai Singh Dhudike, state president of the Kirti Kisan Union (KKU), has demanded compensation for the loss as the incident took place due to the negligence of the electricity department.
The deputy commissioner said, “I have ordered SDM Surinder Kaur to inquire into the matter. I will also write to the state government seeking compensation to the farmers.”