Train service remains suspended in south Kashmir

Srinagar, May 5: Train service remained suspended for the third day on Sunday in south Kashmir, where three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, including a top commander, were killed in an encounter by security forces in Shopian on Friday.
Train service is likely to remain suspended Monday, when polling will be held in twin south Kashmir districts of Pulwama and Shopian in the third and last phase of voting in the Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC). Two phases of polling were held on April 23 and 29 in Anantnag and Kulgam districts respectively.
However, all trains in north Kashmir between Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla were running normally as per schedule, a railway official said Sunday morning.
He said train service was suspended on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund and Banihal in Jammu region route on Friday from 1000 hrs following an advisory received from police. A fresh advisory was received Saturday night not to resume the service on this route today also, he said.
Train service will be resumed once a green signal is received from the administration, including police, he said adding the railway department was acting on the advice of local authorities since safety and security of the passengers was necessary. In the past railway suffered damages during protests and strike. Train service has become very popular as it is very cheap, fast and safe against other mode of transport available in the valley, where traffic jam due to damaged roads has become a daily routine.