Punjab Police has registered 932 FIRs from November 8 till Sunday against farmers setting paddy stubble on fire in violation of Supreme Court directions and in spite of repeated requests by the state government to not cause air pollution and endanger people’s lives, the Punjab Police said.
According to the Information and Public Relations Department of Punjab, on Sunday and Saturday, the state recorded 740 and 637 farm fire cases, respectively, with the state witnessing a drastic downfall in the last two days.
The Punjab Police also imposed a Rs 1.67 crore fine in a total of 7405 cases.
“Since November 8, police teams have registered 932 first information reports (FIRs), while penalties worth Rs 1.67 crores were imposed in 7405 cases, he said, while adding that red entries have also been made in the revenue records of 340 farmers during this span,” the police officials said in a statement on Sunday.
The Special Director General of Police Law and Order, Arpit Shukla, who has been appointed as the Police Nodal Officer to monitor action against stubble burning, said on Sunday that this significant downfall in farm fire cases is a result of untiring efforts by the police personnel and officials of civil administration working at ground level to curb the menace of stubble burning in the state.