Rail service resumes in Kashmir after two days suspension

Rail service resumes in Kashmir after two days suspension
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Srinagar: Train service resumed Saturday after remaining suspended for two days due to “security reasons” in south Kashmir, a senior Railway official said.
However, trains continued to operate as per schedule on Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north, he said.
The train service on Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region was resumed this morning after remaining suspended for two day for security reasons, Chief Controller Northern Railway said.
He said the decision to resume all train runs on this track was taken after receiving green signal from civil and police administration last night. Train service was suspended on this track after a top district commander of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) Ayoub Lalihari was killed in an encounter with forces in Pulwama on August 16, leading to massive protests in the south Kashmir forcing suspension of last train from Banihal to Srinagar.
The service on the track was resumed only in the morning of August 16 after remaining suspended for four days following the killing of three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants and two Army soldiers on August 13 in Shopian.
Two civilians were also killed when forces opened fire to disperse demonstrators in Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir. However, he said trains continued to run as per schedule on Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir after remaining suspended on August 15 for a day.

During the past about two months train service has been suspended frequently for “security reasons” in the valley.
Last year train service remained suspended for about six months due to summer uprising in the Valley. (Agencies)

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