Srinagar, Sep 29: Train service resumed on Saturday after remaining suspended for two days for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for a general strike yesterday against the killing of a youth in security force action during Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the down town Srinagar on Thursday.
Train service was suspended on Thursday in the valley following three encounters in Badgam, Noorbagh Srinagar and Anantnag during which three militants, a soldier and a civilian were killed.
We have resumed train service on all routes in the Kashmir valley after a fresh advisory was received from police last night, a senior railway official told UNI this morning.
Therefore, he said, trains will chug on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region. Similarly trains will also run on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla track in north Kashmir, he added.
We are acting on the advice of local administration, including police as security and safety of passengers besides railway officials and property was important. In the past during protests and strike railway suffered heavy damage in stone pelting and other violent incidents, he said.
Train service has become very popular in the Kashmir valley as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe against other mode of transport service available.