Chandigarh, October 23: A 75-year-old man, Prem Chand, reportedly died due to burning of paddy stubble in Ambala District in Haryana on Friday. In his complaint to local police, Prem Chand’s son Munish claimed that his father sustained injuries when Prem Chand was called by his neighbours Satpal and Arun to extinguish the fire.
He alleged the paddy stubble was being burnt in their fields. Soon, the fire spread to neighbouring fields of sugarcane. After the incident, Prem Chand was admitted to a local government hospital with 80 percent burn injuries. He was later shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Chandigarh. An FIR was registered after the death of the victim on Friday.
The death of Prem Chand is reportedly the first case where a farmer lost his life in stubble burning which was banned after National Green Tribunal’s order. The court had also ordered Punjab and Haryana government to take actions against the farmers for setting fire in fields.
Stubble burning remains one of the major contributors to pollution in the national capital region. The court has also directed the government to provide to subsidy to farmers to put an end to the practice.