Train service resumes after 6 days in Kashmir

Train service resumes after 6 days in Kashmir
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Srinagar, Oct 28: Train service resumed on Sunday after remaining suspended for six days due to security reasons in Kashmir valley, where seven civilians died in a blast while 13 militants and three jawans were killed in different encounters in the last about a week.
“All the trains, which run in Kashmir valley, resumed on Sunday after remaining suspended for six days for security reasons,” a senior railway official said.
This was the 12th time that train service was suspended in the valley partially or fully since October 8, when first of the four phase Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polling was held.
He said trains will run as per schedule on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir on Sunday. Similarly, he said trains will chug on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region.
The train service was suspended on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region since last Sunday, when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in an encounter in Kulgam. Later, separatists called for a strike on Monday in protest against the death of seven civilians in a blast near the encounter site.
He said train service, which was normal in north Kashmir last Sunday, was suspended from Monday following separatist strike call.
Train services usually remains suspended whenever a strike call is called by separatists or there is an encounter between militants and security forces in the area near railway tracks in Kashmir valley, badly affecting passengers. Train service has become very popular in the valley as it is economical, safe and fast against other mode of transport available. “It is the passengers who suffered due to suspension of the train service as they have to pay more besides travelling in other mode of transport was time consuming,” the passengers said.
However, railway official said 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.