MULTAN/FAISALABAD The police torture on students and teachers outside the Punjab Assembly sparked fierce reaction across Punjab Thursday, as their colleagues took out rallies, which turned violent in cases, to register protest over the administrations highhandedness. The students and teachers of the state-run colleges are agitating against the decision of making a number of educational institutions autonomous in the province. They claim that the move will deprive thousands of poor students of education. In Multan, the violent students and teachers stormed into the office of director Education (Colleges) and damaged furniture besides smashing doors and windowpanes. However, they dispersed after heavy contingent of police reached the spot. Director (Colleges) Dr Muhammad Hussain Azad also filed an application for registration of a case against the protesters. Later in the evening, an FIR was lodged against 100 persons, including 5 nominated ones, with Gulgasht Police Station. Earlier, a big procession led by the office bearers of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association emerged from Government Emerson College and marched towards the office of director Education (Colleges). They were chanting against the police and the Punjab government and demanded Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the police brutality. Later, they blocked the Bosan Road where the speakers in their speeches held the Punjab govt responsible for the Lahore incident. They said the teachers and students were holding a peaceful demonstration outside the Punjab Assembly when police subjected them to vehement baton-charge without any provocation. They warned that the protest would continue till acceptance of all demands. Similarly, hundreds of school and college students along with teachers took out protest rallies in various parts of the city to show solidarity with their brethren. Police at Jaranwala Road resorted to aerial fire to disperse the angry protesters while traffic at Sargodha Road also remained blocked for two hours. The students accused Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah of adopting the policies of former president Pervez Musharraf for their own vested interests. A large rally was also taken out from Municipal Degree College and blocked traffic at Abdullah Pur Square. In Gujranwala, the students and teaching staff joined a protest rally which started from the Govt College and culminated at Gondalanwala Road Adda. The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans demanding withdrawing the FIR lodged against their colleagues in Lahore. Different representative bodies of teachers in their separate press statements condemned the police action in Lahore and declared it a step by the PML-N against democracy. Protests were also held in Mian Channu, Vehari, Jaranwala, Dera Ghazi Khan and other towns and cities as the students resistance against privatisation is gaining momentum amid widespread support. On the other hand, police booked 42 persons including Jibran Butt, Chairman Joint Action Committee, and Nazim Islami Jamiat Taluba (IJT) Lahore Akhzar Nazir. Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association has also announced that they would boycott the academic activities for an indefinite period until the Punjab govt retreats from an anti-people decision and the FIR lodged against their colleagues in Lahore. Different representative bodies of teachers in their separate press statements condemned the police action in Lahore and declared it a step by the PML-N against democracy. Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association announced that they would boycott the academic activities for an indefinite period until the Punjab govt retreats from an anti-people decision. Protests were also held in Mian Channu, Vehari, Jaranwala, Dera Ghazi Khan and other towns and cities as the students resistance against the privatisation of some colleges gaining momentum amid widespread support. On the other hand, police in Lahore booked 42 persons including Jibran Butt, Chairman Joint Action Committee, and Nazim Islami Jamiat Taluba (IJT) Lahore Akhzar Nazir.