Train service remained suspended for the second day on Monday for security reasons in south Kashmir, where two youths were killed and nine others were injured after Army personnel resorted to firing to disperse demonstrators in Shopian on Saturday.
Meanwhile, train service has been resumed today after remaining suspended for security reasons yesterday, when separatists had called for a general strike against Shopian killings.
However, Army said that fire was opened by troops after they came under heavy stone pelting in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and seven other soldiers were injured while government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and police has registered a case.
All trains remained suspended for security reasons in south Kashmir, a senior railway official told UNI this morning. He said a fresh advisory was received from police last night to suspend train service in south Kashmir for security reasons. However, the advisory said to resume train service in north Kashmir, he said. We are acting on the advice of police and local administration, he said adding train service was resumed only yesterday after remaining suspended on Friday for similar reasons.
He said therefore no train will chug on Badgam-Srinagar to Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region. This was the eighth time, train service remained suspended in south Kashmir during this month.
However, train will run on Srinagar-Badgam to Baramulla in north Kashmir, he said adding this was the second time train service was suspended yesterday in north Kashmir in January this year.
Train service in the Kashmir valley has become very popular which is being considered very cheap, safe and fast against other mode of transport service available to people.
Last year train service was fully or partially suspended for more than 50 times in the valley for security reasons.