Train services suspended in Kashmir amid strike over Article 35-A

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Srinagar: Train service was suspended on Thursday for “security reasons” in the Kashmir valley, where pro-freedom leaders have called for a general strike against any move to weaken the Article 35-A, which has been challenged in the Supreme Court (SC).

“We have suspended all train runs in the Kashmir valley after a fresh advisory was received from police,” a senior railway official told UNI.

Similarly, no train will chug on Srinagar-Badgam-Baramulla in north Kashmir on Thursday, he said.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JLR), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, has called for a two-day general strike from Thursday against any move to weaken Article 35 A.

The strike call was supported by traders, transporters, civil society and religious organizations.

About half a dozen petitions were filed in Supreme court challenging the Article. However, counter-petitions were also filed in SC.

The railway official said train service is likely to remain closed tomorrow also for “security reasons”.