Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists laid siege to district Collectorate here on Wednesday demanding immediate release of compensation to farmers and those who lost their houses due to heavy rains. Police arrested the protesting saffron party leaders who were later released.

Addressing party cadres here, BJP State vice-president Chintha Samba Murthy accused the State government of lack of commitment in addressing farmers’ issues. Ministers and officials visited the affected areas and promised the farmers to purchase damaged cotton and paddy at MSP, but in reality, farmers were being looted by the middlemen as they were buying damaged crops offering very less price. Accusing the Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, of being bias in granting compensation, he said that the government was delaying release of compensation to Nalgonda farmers. Party State secretary Kasam Venkateshwarlu urged the State government to expedite the process of constructing houses in the rain-ravaged areas. Demanding interest waiver on crop loans, Kisan Morcha State president Goli Madhusudhan Reddy asked the government to increase the compensation on each acre paddy to Rs.15,000 and on cotton to Rs.20,000.

Party leaders Sriramoju Shanmukha, Oruganti Ramulu, Veerelli Chandrasekhar, P. Sambaiah and others were present.