Srinagar, April 13
Rail service remained suspended in the Kashmir valley for the fourth day today for security reasons following re-poll in 38 polling stations in Badgam district of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency today.
However, some trains operated from 1600 hrs on Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region yesterday to clear the passengers, mostly outside workers stranded at Banihal due to cancellation of train service on April 10 and 11 to Srinagar. However, train service remained suspended on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla track yesterday.
Train service on all routes remained suspended even today also, a railway official said this morning. No train operated on any route so far, he said.
He said a fresh communication was received from civil and police authorities not to run train service in the valley for security reasons.
Train service will be resumed only after receiving security clearance from the police, he added.
He said no train will therefore run on Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir. Similarly there will be no train service on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearhead the agitation for ” right to self determination” have called for strike in areas only where re-poll in Badgam district of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency is being held today.
In the past railways suffered damages after demonstrators damage railway station, trains and other property during demonstrations.
The train service also remained suspended for about six months in summer last year due to unrest in the valley, where about 100 people, mostly youths, were killed and thousands injured in violence.