Train service again suspended on Srinagar-Banihal track


Srinagar, Nov 23: Train service was again been suspended on Srinagar-Banihal track via south Kashmir for security reasons following killing of six militants, including a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander, in an encounter with security forces in the wee hours in Anantnag on Friday.
Meanwhile, trains chuged in north Kashmir as per schedule, a Railway official said.
The train service in the valley had resumed on Friday morning after remaining suspended for a day on Thursday, when Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a general strike against the killing of separatist leader Hafizullah Mir by unidentified gunmen in Achabal area in Anantnag district on Tuesday.
“The train service on Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region track has been suspended for security reasons,” he said.
He said the decision to suspend all train runs on this track has been taken for the security of passengers and railway property following a fresh advisory from state administration and police. Six militants, including a top LeT commander, were gunned down by security forces in an encounter in south Kashmir district of Anantnag in the wee hours on Friday.
This is the fourth time train service was suspended in the Kashmir valley during this month.
Railway authorities have been suspending train services in the valley frequently for security reasons as in the past; railway property had suffered massive damage during protests. The train services remained suspended for about six months during summer unrest in 2016 and several dozens of times since then.