Train service remains suspended in Kashmir for security reasons

Train service on Monday remained suspended for security reasons in the valley, where separatists have called for a strike in protest against killing of four civilians and 13 militants in different incidents in south Kashmir.

Three soldiers were also martyred and several others wounded in three encounters with militants on Sunday in south Kashmir. “We have suspended the train service in Kashmir valley for security reasons on Monday,” a top Railway official told UNI.

He said all trains between Srinagar to Banihal in Jammu region passing through south Kashmir will remain suspended for security reasons for the second day on Monday.  Similarly, he said, trains will also not chug on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla track in north Kashmir. On Sunday, the trains were running normally on the north Kashmir route.

The official said the train service has been suspended following fresh advisory received from police this morning not to run any train in Kashmir for security reasons. “We are acting on the advice of police,” he said, adding that the decision was taken in the interest of safety of passengers and railway property.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, has called for a strike on Monday against the killing of civilians and militants.

Thirteen militants, including top commanders, and three Army jawans were killed in three separate encounters on Sunday in south Kashmir, where four civilians also died in security force action.

Railways suffered major damage in the past during demonstrations in the valley, where last year the service remained suspended for more than 50 times, partially or fully due to strike and demonstrations.

Railways have become very popular in the valley as it is being considered cheap, safe and fast as compared to other mode of transport.

 

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