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Jolt before harvest: Acres of paddy crops set on fire in Odisha’s Puri

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Puri: Unidentified miscreants allegedly set on fire acres of paddy crops at farmlands of three farmers at Nahiti village under Gop block of Odisha’s Puri district last night.

A pall of gloom descended on the families of the three persons as the crops were planned to be harvested today. The paddies have been completely gutted in the fire leaving the farmers hopeless.

On being informed about the paddy fields being torched, Fire personnel reached the spot and doused the flames.

The three farmers– Pabitra Pradhan, Dhruba Charan Pradhan and Bidya Bhusan Pradhan– have lodged a complaint with Gop police in this regard.