Irked over the alleged tardy procurement of paddy at the local paddy purchase centre, a section of the farmers owing allegiance to the farmers' wings of the TDP and the CPI (M) symbolically immersed a small quantity of paddy in the Nagarjunasagar Project canal near Enkur on Tuesday.

According to sources, the farmers resorted to the novel protest on Tuesday afternoon in the aftermath of the alleged damage to their paddy stocks at the agriculture market yard due to unexpected rain that lashed the mandal headquarters on Monday. The local leaders of the TDP and the CPI (M) expressed their solidarity with the agitated farmers.

In another incident, the activists owing allegiance to the CPI (ML-New Democracy) staged a novel demonstration by dumping paddy on the middle of the road in Bayyaram on Tuesday in a symbolic protest against the alleged short supply of gunny bags and tardy pace of paddy procurement at the local purchase centre.