Train service resumes in south Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 19: Train service was resumed on Budgam-Srinagar to Banihal in Jammu region via south Kashmir after remaining suspended for four days due to security reasons following killing of seven civilians in clashes with security forces on Saturday in Pulwama.
Meanwhile, train service, which resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended for three days in north Kashmir, was functioning normally.
All trains will run in the Kashmir valley today on all routes, a railway official said.
He said train will run normally on Wednesday on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigung in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region after remaining suspended for four days for security reasons.
“We act on the advice of local administration and police who take decision keeping in view the security situation in the valley,” he said, adding that a fresh advisory was received on Tuesday night to resume train service in south Kashmir from Wednesday.
He said trains will chug as per schedule on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla track.
Rail run was completely suspended in Kashmir valley on Saturday following killing of seven civilians in clashes, which were triggered after an encounter ensued between militants and security forces in Pulwama that left three ultras dead. An Army jawan was also killed in the encounter.
Train service has become very popular in Kashmir valley as it is being considered economical, fast and safe against other mode of transport service available.
However, in the past also, train service has being suspended every time separatists call for a strike, locals demonstrate or an encounter ensues in the valley. The move comes as the railway property has suffered huge losses in the past during protests.