Train service remains suspended for security reasons in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 23: Train service remained suspended for security reasons for the second day on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley, where Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for “Lal Chowk challo” to protest against the killings in Kulgam on Sunday.
Yesterday train service was suspended for security reasons in the valley in view of strike call by JRL against the Kulgam incident.
This is the eighth time that train service has been suspended in the Kashmir valley partially or fully since October 8, when first of the four phase Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polling was held.
Three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in an encounter by security forces at village Laroo in Kulgam on Sunday. However, immediately after the encounter was over, large number of people gathered there during which a blast took place leaving seven persons dead and dozens injured.
Train service remained suspended in south Kashmir for the third day today following, a senior railway official said.
A fresh advisory was received from police last night that train service will remain suspended in the valley on Tuesday also, he said adding for security reasons we suspended all train runs on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region on Sunday when encounter ensued in Kulgam, he said adding no train will chug today also.
He said train service which was normal in north Kashmir on Sunday was suspended on Monday. No train will run on Srinagar-Budgam-Baramulla in north Kashmir track today also, he added.
He said railway department is acting on the advice of local administration, particularly police since the safety and security of passenger was important. He said in the past railway suffered losses worth crores of rupees in violence during protests and hartals. However, train service has become very popular as it is cheap, fast and safe against other mode of transport available in the valley.