Train service remain suspended in Kashmir


Srinagar, Apr 13: Train service remained suspended for the third day on Friday for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for protests after Friday prayers against the killing of four youths and injuries to others in security force action on demonstrators protesting near an encounter site at Kulgam on April 11.
A soldier was killed and two others were injured while militants managed to escape due to massive demonstrations in the area.
This was the 8th time train service has been suspended in the valley for security reasons this month.
A senior railway official said that train service will remain suspended Friday also for security reasons.
A fresh advisory was received from police not to resume the train service for the third day Friday in south Kashmir for security reasons. Therefore, he said, no train will run on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region.
Similarly trains will not chug on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir, he added.
We are acting on the advice of police and civil administration, railway official said adding the decision to suspend train service was being taken for the security and safety of passengers and railway property.
Railway property has suffered massive damages in the past due to stone pelting and other violence during protests in the valley. However, railway remained first choice of people travelling between Baramulla in north to Banihal via south as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe.
Last year train service remained suspended for 50 times partially or fully in the valley.