Train service resumes in south Kashmir after four days

Srinagar, May 7: Train service resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended for security reasons in south Kashmir since Friday, when three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, including a top commander were killed in an encounter by security forces in Shopian.
However, trains were running normally in north Kashmir between Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla, a railway official said.
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. However, train was suspended following a strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Monday, when polling was held in twin south Kashmir districts of Pulwama and Shopian in the last and third phase of voting in Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC).
A fresh advisory was received on Monday night to resume the service on this route today also, he said.
Train service was resumed after green signal was 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.