Finally, Jats withdraw stir
Bhaskar Mukherjee, TNN | Mar 13, 2012, 06.09AM IST
HISAR: The Haryana government and chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda
heaved a sigh of relief as the agitating jats finally withdrew the
agitation on Monday, after a 23-day standoff. The agitators also
cremated the body of Sandeep Kumar, who had been reportedly killed in
police firing on March 6 at Mayyar village of Hisar district. The
protesters had kept the body in a special box on the railway track at
While announcing to clear the tracks, the 15-member committee
comprising representatives of agitators, members of All India Jat
Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) and Sarvjatiya Khap Panchayat gave
Haryana government A September 13 deadline for including jats in the
other backward class (OBC) category for job reservation and education.
The stir was called off after A meeting between the committee members
and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Dharamveer Singh, principal
officer on special duty (OSD) M S Chopra and chief minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda at the PWD rest house here in the afternoon.
This was fifth such attempt by the Hooda government to end the stir.
Earlier, the Hooda team was in for a rude shock when agitating jats
refused to withdraw the stir even after requests by AIJASS leaders,
reached the venue of agitation on railway tracks after their release
from Hisar jail on Sunday evening.
After the meeting in Hisar, Jogi Ram Karwasra, father of Sandeep
Kumar, announced that the body of his son would be cremated at the
Mayyar village cremation ground. Soon after the cremation, the
15-member committee moved to the agitation venue to announce the
decision of withdrawing the stir.
Talking to TOI, AIJASS president Dharampal Chhot said, "In the
meeting, the government accepted that Sandeep Kumar will be declared a
martyr; financial help will be given to the family members; proper
investigation will be conducted into the death of Sandeep and a
stadium will be built in his name."
Chhot added, "We will resume the stir from September 13, if the
government fails to provide reservation under the OBC quota."
The community will gather again in Mayyar on September 13 to observe
the day as martyr's day in the memory of Sunil Sheoran, who had also
died in police firing on the same day on 2010.
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