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8 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Scores of Indian farmers held over burning stubble

AFP, New Delhi

More than 80 farmers have been arrested in northern India for starting fires that contributed to the recent pollution crisis in New Delhi and other cities, officials said yesterday. Each winter the post-harvest burning of crop stubble covers swaths of the region in toxic smog, which combines with car and factory emissions to turn Delhi into the world’s most polluted capital.

India’s top court this week ordered a crackdown on illegal stubble-burning, but the fires continued across Punjab and Haryana states—with many started at night to try and avoid detection. A senior Punjab police officer said more than 17,000 farm fires had been reported in the state in the past three days, with 4,741 on Wednesday alone.

“More than 84 people have been arrested for violating the law. Cases have been filed against 174 farmers,” the officer told AFP.

Punjab and Haryana make up a key agricultural region that produces nearly 18 million tonnes of rice each year. This, in turn, creates nearly 20 million tonnes of crop stubble—most of which is burnt. Authorities said more than 48,000 farm fires had been reported in the two states since late September—a dramatic increase from 30,000 cases in 2018.

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