PATNA: In a significant move aimed at checking pollution, the police in Bihar have registered a case against seven farmers for burning crop residue in the fields.
The case against farmers has been registered with Karahgar police station in Rohtas district, fondly called the rice bowl of Bihar.
At least six farmers made accused in the case were engaged in stubble burning in the field on Saturday when the local agriculture coordinator Shailendra Singh came to know of the incident and registered a case against the farmers.
On Thursday too, the agriculture official had registered a case against another farmer for on similar charge in Rohtas district. This is for the first time that the case against farmers has been registered for stubble burning.
The incident has caused panic among the farmers with the local district superintendent of police Satyavir Singh ordering arrest of the accused persons.
Bihar government has banned stubble burning and is repeatedly telling the farmers how burning crops residues badly affects fertility of the soil yet the farmers have largely ignored the appeal of the government.
“Crops residue could be a way of earning of farmers but they are still engaged in stubble burning which is a dangerous trend. This not only creates air pollution but also affects soil’s fertility,” Bihar agriculture minister Prem Kumar said on Sunday.
The registration of case against farmers came just a day after some 80 lakh (eight million) children enrolled in Bihar schools took a pledge on Friday not to burn crop residues in the field nor they would allow their parents to do so.