Around 20 pass outs of the elementary teachers training (ETT) course were taken into custody by the Fazilka police when they tried to block traffic on the Ferozepur-Fazilka road at Jalalabad, a sub division of Fazilka district, on Wednesday.
The youth had planned to block the road to demand government jobs. As an advance measure, police force in huge numbers was deputed at Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk, Circular road, Ferozepur-Fazilka road besides water tanks of Jalalabad, home assembly segment of Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
As soon as the protesters reached Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk on Ferozepur-Fazilka road, they were initially dispersed but later taken into police custody.
Meanwhile, the protesters alleged that they had cleared all tests as per norms set by the state government. They said in February, an advertisement was issued and later in June, a merit list for jobs was also released and selected candidates were to be issued appointment letters but, for reasons best known to the authorities, the entire recruitment process was cancelled.
Repeated pleas to the state government went unheard and the youth said they were left with no option but to launch an agitation, adding it was wrong the police were depriving them of their democratic right.
Meanwhile, Fazilka senior superintendent of police Swapan Sharma while talking to media persons said the demands of the agitators had been sent to the state government and the protest would have caused inconvenience to the common man, because of which it was foiled.
The SSP added the protesters were taken into custody as a preventive measure.