Jats on Monday suspended the stir till September 13 following an assurance from Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Mahendar Singh Punia, All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) state general secretary, told mediapersons: “Since the chief minister has assured sarv khap leaders to grant OBC status to the community before September 13, we have decided to suspend the stir.”
Earlier, when AIJASS state president Dharampal Chhot, in his address to protesters, hinted at the suspension of stir, the crowd apparently opposed the decision. To mollify them, he, however, said the dharna would continue and asked them to return to the dharna site after the cremation. But no one returned.
The body of Sandeep Karwasra, who was killed in a clash between police and Jat protesters on March 6, was cremated on Monday evening at Mayyar village of the district.
The decision to cremate the body was taken by a newly formed 21-member committee of Jats, comprising eight members of the AIJASS, eight representatives of khap panchayats, two of Sandeep’s family and three representatives of Mayyar village.
Sandeep’s body had been lying on a rail track at Ramayana village of Hisar district for the past six days and was the rallying point around which Jats centered their agitation demanding inclusion in the OBC list.
The body was taken to Mayyar, where Sandeep’s younger brother Krishan lit the funeral pyre. Sandeep’s father Jogi Ram had said on Sunday that his son’s body would not be cremated till the Haryana government accepted their demand. After the cremation, the Hisar-Delhi national highway-10 was opened to traffic.