Train service resumes in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jun 24: Train service resumed on Sunday after remaining suspended on Saturday as a precautionary measure in the Kashmir valley, where four militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district on Friday.
A state police constable and a civilian were also killed and several others injured in the encounter and subsequent demonstrations in the valley.
Train service was resumed this morning in the valley since Sunday morning, a senior Railway official said.
The service was resumed only on Friday after remaining suspended on Thursday for security reasons in the valley, where separatists had called for a general strike in protest against the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari by unidentified gunmen and civilians in security force action.
A fresh advisory was received last night to resume train service in the valley on Sunday, he said.
This was the seventh time, second in Governor rule, train service was suspended partially or fully in the valley this month.
Trains are running as per schedule since this morning on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla, in north Kashmir track, he said adding similarly train will not run on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region.
Train service has become very popular in the valley as it is being considered safe, fast and cheap against other mode of transport available. Majority people, travelling to Jammu or returning from winter capital, are preferring to travel in Srinagar-Banihal train. We are acting only on the advice of police, he said adding security and safety of passengers besides railway officials was more important.
Last year more than 50 times train service was suspended or fully in the valley for security reasons due to strike or protests on railway tracks.