Srinagar, December 8
Train service on Pattan-Baramulla track remains affected for the past three days following clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Pattan area in north Kashmir on December 6. However, Badgam-Srinagar in central Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region via Anantnag and Qazigund in south Kashmir was operating normally.
Train service on Pattan-Baramulla track in north Kashmir remained affected and train is now running from Srinagar to Pattan only, an official of the railway said is morning. However, he said, train is now operation from Srinagar to Pattan only on the track for security reasons and we are running all the five trains from both sides on the track.
Decision to extend the train run upto Baramulla will be taken only after taking into consideration all security concerns, he added. Train service on the track was suspended on December 5 after track hooks were found damaged at Palhallan Pattan, where clashes took place between security forces and demonstrators, who were protesting against night raids and arrest of some persons on December 4.Train service was restored next day after the damaged portion of the track was restored by the railways.
However, service was again suspended in the afternoon same day following massive clashes between demonstrators and security forces at Tantrapora Pattan. Security forces had to fire in air and burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators who had blocked the track and tried to damage it. Rail service between Baramulla in north to Badgam and Srinagar in central Kashmir and Anantnag and Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended for more than four months due to unrest in the Kashmir valley during which rail track and other property was damaged. However, the rail run was resumed last week after conducting repair work. The railways has suffered more than Rs 4.5 crore loss during the unrest when train service remained suspended.