Train run resumes in south Kashmir after two days

Srinagar, Apr 8: Train service resumed on Sunday in south Kashmir after remaining suspended for two days for
security reasons, following killing of a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant in an encounter in Pulwama on April 6.
However, the service was resumed in north Kashmir yesterday after remaining suspended on Friday following strike
called by Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and traders against the civilian killings in Shopian and Ganderbal in
security force action. The separatists had called for protests after Friday prayers against these killings.
We have resumed train service in south Kashmir today, a senior railway official said. Therefore, he said, trains
will chug on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu as per schedule.
A fresh advisory was received from police last night to resume train service in south Kashmir, he said adding the
decision to suspend or resume train runs was being taken in the interest of safety of passengers and railway
property.
Train service, which has become very popular as it is being considered cheap, safe and fast against other mode of
transport, receives heavy rush on Saturday when people are going to their homes and on Monday when they resume
their normal activities.
Railways suffered major damage in the past during demonstrations in the valley, where last year the service
remained suspended for more than 50 times, partially or fully due to strike and demonstrations.
In 2016 train service remained suspended for six months due to summer unrest in the valley.