Train service resumes in Kashmir on all routes

The train service has been resumed on all routes in the Kashmir valley after remaining suspended for security reasons.

All train runs between Srinagar and Banihal in Jammu region via South Kashmir has been resumed today after remaining suspended for the four for security reasons, a senior railway official told .

During the past four days the train service in south Kashmir remained suspended for security reasons after the killing of two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) local militants in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district July 30.

This was followed by killing of two Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including most wanted commander Abu Dujana on August Ist in Pulwama. Two civilians were also killed in security force firing on demonstrators who were trying to disrupt the operation.

One train has left Banihal for Srinagar via Qazigund, Anantnag, Pulwama at 0600 hrs, he said adding one train has also left Srinagar for Banihal in Jammu region.

He said similarly train service on Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir have also been resumed today after remaining suspended yesterday for security reasons.

One train has left Srinagar for Baramulla at 0600 hrs and all trains will chug as per schedule, he said.

The decision to suspend the train service was taken on the advice of local authorities and police in view of apprehension of violence .

In the past, railway property has suffered massive damage during protests in the valley, where the train services remained suspended for about six months during summer unrest last year.

However, people shuttling daily between north to south via Srinagar or vice versa prefer train service which is being considered most dependable, cheap and safe mode of transport in the Kashmir valley, where frequent traffic jam is a daily routine.