A day after several teachers blocked the National Highway No. 1 (NH-1) near Ludhiana during a protest in support of their demands, the Punjab Police has registered a case against around 7,000 unnamed teachers for obstructing public way.The Opposition parties, including the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party, have come out support of the protesting teachers who were allegedly ‘lathi-charged’ by the police.20 teachers named“An FIR has been registered against 7,000 teachers who blocked the NH-1 at Ludhiana-Jalandhar bypass during Sunday’s agitation. While 20 teachers have been named in the FIR, the rest are unnamed,” said a police officer.The case has been registered at the Salem Tabri police station under section 283 (Danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation) and 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) against the teachers.The teachers, who held the protest under the banner of Punjab Joint Front of Teachers (PJFT), are opposing the State government’s move to fix their salary for first three years at the basic pay of little over ₹10,000 per month.Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira, while condemning the ‘lathi-charge’, has demanded that the State government fulfil genuine demands of the teachers.“I strongly condemn the lathi-charge on the protesting teachers at Ludhiana. I also condemn removal of turbans of the Sikhs. Besides, I support their legitimate demand for regular jobs as promised by Capt. Amarinder Singh’s government,” said Mr. Khaira.Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has also condemned the alleged lathi-charge on teachers, saying that the teachers were protesting because the Congress government was refusing to honour its pre-election promise to regularise all contractual teachers.