Despite police providing heavy security and taking computer teachers into preventive custody, several members of the Computer Teachers Joint Front burnt effigies of the state government and raised slogans at Rupnagar on Sunday.
However, the protestors dispersed before the police reached the spot.The computer teachers, who were appointed on an adhoc basis, have been demanding that they be brought under the education department and their services be regularised as they had completed the provisional period.
In order to prevent them from organising protest, the police arrested members of the front during the last three days.The police also set up nakas across various entry points in the town.
Buses and other vehicles entering the town were also checked.
Heavy police force was deployed on the Sutlej river headworks bridge for the last three days to prevent protests.However, dozens of computer teachers burnt an effigy of the state government in front of the Rupnagar civil hospital at 2.45pm.
Convener of the front in Rupnagar, Jaswinder Singh Bhullar, said protestors would continue to fight for their rights.He alleged that the police had arrested nearly 500 computer teachers in and around the Rupnagar district to foil peaceful agitations.
Rupnagar senior superintendent of police Varinder Paul Singh said the police was aware that the front had planned to block the traffic on the Rupnagar-Nawanshahr highway, which would cause inconvenience to the people.
He added that 147 members of the front were taken into preventive custody to maintain law and order in the district.