Train service suspended again in south Kashmir

Srinagar, Jun 19: Train service was again suspended for security reasons on Tuesday in south Kashmir, where situation is tense following the death of a youth in alleged security force firing in Kulgam on Monday evening and death anniversary of Qazi Nissar, Mirwaiz of south Kashmir.
However, trains are running as per scheduled in north Kashmir, a senior railway official said.
He said a fresh advisory was received on Monday night from police to suspend all trains in south Kashmir for security reasons. Therefore, he said, no train will chug on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region.
Official sources said advisory to suspend train service was issued following tense situation after the death of a youth Aijaz Ahmad Bhat and injury to another in alleged security force firing on demonstrators at Akhran Nowpora in Kulgam last evening.
There was also a general strike called by Ummat-e-Islami on the death Qazi Nissar, Mirwaiz of south Kashmir. Qazi was assassinated by unidentified gunmen on this day in 1994 at Dialgam in Anantnag. His son Qazi Yasir, who heads Ummat-e-Islami has called for general strike in Anantnag Tuesday.
Train service was resumed in the valley only yesterday after remaining suspended on June 17 as a precautionary measure following stone pelting incident on Jun 16 in Anantnag and other areas.
However, he said all trains will run as per scheduled on Srinagar-Budgam to Baramulla in north Kashmir.
This was the fifth time train service has been suspended partially or fully in the Kashmir valley for security reasons.