Train service suspended in Kashmir for ‘security reasons’

Srinagar: The train service has been suspended Wednesday in the Kashmir valley for “security reasons” following strike called by pro-freedom leaders against the killings of two militants and a civilian and injuries of dozens in government force firing in Pulwama.
All train runs between Srinagar and Banihal via South Kashmir remained suspended for the fourth day for “security reasons”, a senior railway official said.
During the past three 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 forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district July 30.
He said all trains running on Srinagar -Pulwama, Anantnag and Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal remained suspended.
“We were planning to run the train service from Srinagar to Banihal yesterday, but a fresh advisory was received to suspend all train runs following fresh encounter in Pulwama ,”he said.
The official said that today all trains between Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir have been suspended for “security reasons”.
The decision to suspend the train service was taken on the advice of local authorities and police in view of apprehension of violence. Pro-freedom leaders have called for a general strike today against the killings in Pulwama. (Agencies)