Train service remains suspended in Kashmir for third day

Train service remained suspended for the third day on Wednesday for security reasons in Kashmir, where separatist have called for a general strike against shifting of detenues outside valley jails and “Shopian Challo” against killing of two Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants and four others in an encounter on Sunday night.

A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) self-styled chief commander, responsible for four fidayeen attacks, including on Sunjwan Army camp, was also killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Monday.
However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, passing through south Kashmir, was through for one-way traffic.

Train service remained suspended for the third consecutive day today, a railway official told UNI. Railway official said that no train will run between Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region. Similarly no train will also operate on Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north, he said.

‘We are acting on the advice of police, he said a fresh advisory was received last night to suspend train service today also. However, he said the decision was taken in the interest of passengers and railway property.

Railway property worth crores of rupees has been damaged in the past due to protests and demonstrators in the valley. During last year the train service was suspended for over 50 times partially or fully for security reasons.

However, in 2016 train service remained suspended for about six months during summer unrest. Train service has become a very popular in the Kashmir valley which is being considered cheap, fast and safe.

Two militants of Lashkher-e-Toiba (LeT) and four others were killed in an encounter by Army in Shopian on Sunday evening, while a Chief Commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), involved in four fidayeen attacks, including on Sunjwan Army camp, was killed by security forces in Pulwama on Monday afternoon.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik had called for strike on Monday against the Shopian killing. The JRL have also called for a general strike on Wednesday against shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to outside jails. They have also given the call of ‘Shopian Challo’ today.

 

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