Train service suspended in Kashmir for security reason

Srinagar, Apr 23: Train service was on Tuesday suspended for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called for a general strike in protest against alleged ill-treatment to Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik and other separatist leaders, businessmen and others by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate.
We have suspended all train runs in the Kashmir valley after an advisory was received from police, a railway official said Tuesday morning.
He said no train will run on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir. Similarly all train runs will remain suspended on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region, he said.
The official said railway department was acting on the advice of local administration and police as safety and security of the passengers besides railway officials and property was important.
He said in the past railway suffered huge damage to property due to demonstration in the valley.
The train service has most popular mode of transport as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe against other transport available in the valley, where majority roads are in a very bad condition leading to frequent traffic jams. However, road repair work has been started in Srinagar recently.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has earlier called for a strike in Anantnag district only, where polling is being held today in Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency. However, the strike call was extended to entire valley after reports that Malik was in a critical condition and has been admitted to hospital in New Delhi. Malik was arrested by NIA in funding case early this morning and shifted to New Delhi where he was on hunger strike for the past about two weeks.