Farmer arrested, 15 others fined in UP's Shamli district for stubble burning


MUZAFFARNAGAR: A farmer was arrested and 15 others were fined for burning crop residue in their fields in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, officials said on Thursday.

As per the official report, the action was taken during a spot check on Wednesday.
The farmer, Tara Chand, was arrested after he was found burning crop residue in his fields in Margub Garh village under Thanabhawan police station
According to the report from the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Sandeep Kumar, a case has been registered against him under section 278 (making atmosphere noxious to health) of the Indian Penal Code.
During the checking, 15 farmers in Shamli's Kairana tehsil were also fined Rs 2,500 each for stubble burning.
On Wednesday, a farmer, Sunil Kumar, was booked for stubble burning in the neighbouring Muzaffarnagar district.
People residing in National capital are reeling under the impact of breathing polluted air since late October due to vehicular pollution, crop residue burning and climate change.
On November 4, the Supreme Court had banned stubble burning in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh in view of severe air pollution.
It also banned all construction and demolition activities along with burning of garbage and waste in Delhi-NCR in the region.
The apex also directed that all those carrying out construction and demolition activities would be fined one lakh rupees. A penalty of 5,000 rupees would be imposed if anyone was found burning garbage and waste in the region.
A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta said in case of any violation, the local administration and zonal officers would be held responsible.
It asked the Delhi government and the civic bodies to chalk out a plan to ensure removal of the waste dumped at open spaces and come up with a scheme to deal with the issue.
On last Friday, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Delhi government over the delay in tackling pollution and summoned chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi over stubble burning that add to the problem in Delhi.
Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta observed that the governments in these states have failed to take necessary steps in curbing pollution levels and has yet again sought the personal presence of the Chief Secretaries of these States on November 29. They have also been asked to file an affidavit on steps taken by them so far by November 25.

With inputs from Agency
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