Train service resumes in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jun 26: Train service was resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended on Monday for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called for a general strike against civilian killings in security force action and Cordon and Search Oprations (CASO).
This was the third time train service was suspended in the Kashmir valley since the imposition of Governor rule in the state following resignation by then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti after its alliance partner BJP pulled out from the government.
We have resumed all train runs today in the Kashmir valley, a senior railway official said.
He said a fresh advisory was received from police last night to resume train service on all routes. Therefore, he said, trains will run on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir track as per schedule. Similarly trains will also chug on Budgam-Srinagar, Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region, he said.
Train service was resumed only on Sunday after remaining suspended on Saturday. Again train service was suspended Monday and resumed Tuesday. We are acting on the advice of police to suspend or resume the train service in the valley.
This was the 8th time, third in Governor rule, train service was suspended partially or fully in the valley this month. 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 receiving heavy rush of passengers in the morning on Monday when people are resuming their normal activities after Sunday, he said. Today there will be heavy rush of passengers in the morning.
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.