Train service between Baramulla-Banihal resumes

Newspoint Bureau
Srinagar, April 14
Rail service between Baramulla in north Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region was resumed after remaining suspended for four days due to security reasons.
All the trains services have been resumed today, a railway official said.
He said train services between Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir have been resumed this morning. Similarly, the train services between Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region were running as per schedule.
The services on all routes were suspended due to security reasons on April 9, when bypoll for Srinagar parliamentary constituency was held. But, the bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabah seat, which recorded only 7.14 per cent polling, was marred by violence that left eight youth dead and over 150 others, including 100 security force personnel injured.
The railway service remained suspended on April 10 and April 11 when separatists had called for a strike against the killing of civilians.
However, some trains operated from 1600 hrs on Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region on April 12 to clear the passengers, mostly outside workers stranded at Banihal due to cancellation of train service on April 10 and 11 to Srinagar. But, the train service remained suspended on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla track on April 12. The services were again suspended yesterday due to security reasons. In the past railways suffered damages after demonstrators damaged 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.

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