Rail service resumes after two days suspension in Kashmir


SRINAGAR:  Train service resumed this morning after remaining suspended for two days due to security reasons in south Kashmir , a senior Railway official said.

     However, trains continued to operate as per schedule on Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north, he said.

    The train service on Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region was resumed this morning after remaining suspended  for two day for security reasons, Chief Controller Northern Railway said.

   He said the decision to resume all train runs on this track was taken after receiving green signal from civil and police administration last night.   Train service was suspended on this track after a top district commander of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) Ayoub Lalihari was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama on August 16, leading to massive protests in the south Kashmir forcing suspension of last train from Banihal to Srinagar.

    The service on the track was resumed only in the morning of August 16 after remaining suspended for four days for security forces following the killing of three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants and two Army soldiers on August 13 in Shopian.

    Two civilians were also killed when security forces opened fire to disperse demonstrators in Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir.    However, he said trains continued to run as per schedule on Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir after remaining suspended on August 15 for a day.

     During the past about two months train service has been suspended frequently for security reasons in the valley,  badly affecting daily  travelers, particularly students and employees and salesmen.

     Last year train service remained suspended for about six months due to summer unrest in the Valley.

     However, daily travelers are the most affected due to suspension of train service which is now being considered most trusted, cheap and fast. Students, employees and daily travelers are worst hit due suspension of the rail service in the valley, where traffic jam on majority routes has become a daily routine. (AGENCIES)


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