Train service resumes in Kashmir


Srinagar, May 28: Train service was resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended on Monday for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where Ansar Gazwatul chief Hind Zakir Musa was killed in an encounter by security forces in Pulwama district during over 12 hours Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) which ended early Friday.
Train service was resumed this morning as a fresh advisory was received from authorities last night, a railway official said.
Therefore, he said, trains will run on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region. Similarly, trains will also chug on Srinagar-Budgam-Baramulla in north Kashmir track, he added.
Thousands of passengers faced inconvenience due to suspension of the train service since there was no strike call from any organization. People who had arrived at different railway stations, including at Banihal were disappointed after they were informed about the suspension of the train service yesterday.
However, railway official said railway authorities are acting on the advice of local administration, particularly police, who are taking decision to suspend train service after keeping in view the safety and security of the passengers and railway property. In the past railway suffered huge damage when train, railway stations and lighting system were damaged during demonstrations.
Train service was suspended on Friday after the killing of Zakir Musa. It remained suspended on Saturday but was resumed on Sunday. However, there was some stone pelting incident between Srinagar and Budgam Saturday.
Zakir Musa and another militant were killed in an encounter by security forces at Dadsar Tral in Pulwama.