Jagtial: Hundreds of sugarcane farmers from across the district staged a protest at Metpally mandal on Tuesday demanding reopening of Nizam Deccan Sugar Factory which remains closed since last December.

Farmers tried to take out a rally from Muthyampet to Jagtial and submit a representation to the collector but the police stopped them at Metpally mandal headquarters.

The  police arrested former Congress MLAs Komireddy Ramulu and Katakam Mruthyunjyam who joined the agitation. However, they were released later on personal sureties.

Earlier, Congress leaders including former Assembly speaker KR Suresh Reddy, former minister P Sudarshan Reddy, MLAs Komireddy Ramulu and Katkam Mruthyunjayam extended their support to the sugarcane cultivators.

Suresh Reddy said that after Telangana was formed, the sugarcane farmers expected the government to revive the sugar factory, but even after two years the government has not taken any steps to do so.

“Over 4,000 sugarcane farmers who depend on this sugar factory are facing problem as now they do not have buyers,” he said.

Sugarcane Farmers Association president M Naryana Reddy  requested the government to take measures to revive the factory. “Sugarcane farmers of the region are facing problem since last December after the factory management announced the closure. The farmers still await the payment of transportation bill of Rs. 1.5 crore,” he claimed.

Sugarcane farmers of Kammarpally in Nizamabad district, Ibrahimpatnam, Mallapur, Korutla, Medipally and Kathalapur also participated in the protest.