Tk 15 lakh worth of betel leaf on five bighas of land was torched at Gobrapara village under Harinakundo upazila yesterday.
The owners of the land are Habibur Rahman, Helai Mondol, Babul Hussain, Toyeb Ali, Amirul Islam and Younus Ali of the village.
Fire fighting unit and locals said fire engulfed the betel leaf garden at around 12:30pm. Seeing the fire, locals informed Harinakundo fire fighting unit. The firefighters managed to extinguish the fire after frantic efforts.
Habibur Rahman said he cultivated betel leaf on 25 decimals of land at a cost of Tk 1.50 lakh taken as loan from a non-governmental organisation. He wondered how he will repay the money.
Fire fighting unit officer Tabibur Rahman of Harinakundo upazila said the origin of the fire might have been a burning cigarette. The total loss might be around Tk 15 lakh, he said.