Boro paddy on nearly two bighas of land was completely destroyed by 'spraying harmful substances' allegedly over a land dispute in Phulbari upazila on Sunday.
Moslem Uddin of Rasulpur village took lease of 54 decimals of land from Shahjahan Mondal of the village, spending Tk 20,500 this year, and sowed Boro seeds of BR-28 variety.
On Sunday afternoon, Moslem suddenly noticed that some of his green paddy plants had turned brownish.
“By evening my entire green paddy field was completely damaged right in front of my eyes,” tearful Moslem said.
Moslem said it happened because criminals might have sprayed chemicals on the paddy filed.
Moslem said he has so far spent Tk 35,000 on the cultivation process.
"As a day labourer I was passing days amid hardship. I took lease of the land and cultivated paddy there to improve my condition. How will I overcome the loss now?” he said.
Land owner Shahjahan said there is a land dispute between him and another man of the village and the latter might have committed the act.
Shahjahan submitted a complaint in this regard to Phulbari upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) the same day.
UNO Abdus Salam Chowdhury said police started investigating the incident.