Srinagar, April 12
Rail service remained suspended in the Kashmir valley though the separatists had withdrawn strike call for today after Election Commission of India (ECI) deferred by-poll in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency following violence during polling in Srinagar seat on April 9 in which eight persons were killed and about 100 injured.
Train service on all routes remained suspended even today also, a railway official said this morning. He said we have received fresh communication from civil and police authorities not to resume 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.
Hundreds of passengers, mostly workers coming from different states, who had arrived from Jammu at Banihal yesterday to board train there for Kashmir had to wait there following suspension of the rail service for security reasons. Since there is no train today also they had to wait at Banihal till the service is resumed.
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 two-day general strike against civilian killings on April 10 and 11. However, strike call for today by separatists had been withdrawn after ECI deferred by-polls in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency scheduled today.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.