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Patwari held hostage as he seeks to act against farmers for burning paddy stubble

Farmers associated with BKU (Ugrahan) on Wednesday held a patwari hostage for over 5 hours after he arrived at Jharon village in Sagrur to take action against those indulging in paddy stubble burning. Farmers later staged a dharna and refused to let the patwari go insisting that officials from the local administration come to the spot and apologise for his actions. Gurmail Singh Shahpur, BKU(Ugrahan) leader said, “Already we are sitting on roads and on rail tracks against the black laws passed by NDA government and now the state government has started troubling us over stubble burning. The straw left in fields does not get decomposed completely before wheat sowing and hence we have no choice but to burn the fields. We will continue doing this. ” Manak Singh, a farmer, said, “There is no fool proof solution to deal with paddy stubble that’s why we burn it.

News source ~ Indian Express