Train service suspended in Kashmir for security reasons

Train service has been suspended for security reasons on Saturday in the Kashmir valley, where six militants were killed in an encounter during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Pulwama district. All train runs in the Kashmir valley have been suspended following a fresh advisory received from police, a senior railway official told UNI.He said today morning, trains operated normally between Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region via Srinagar.

However, an advisory was received to suspend all train in the valley, he said, adding that therefore, no train will run on Srinagar-Badgam to Baramulla.Similarly, no train will now chug on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region, he said.’We are acting on the advice of police and administration since safety and security of the passengers and railway staff and property was important,’ he said adding, ‘We are expecting good number of passengers on Saturday evening when people are going to their homes.’

Large number of passengers, who had arrived at different railway stations, were disappointed after they were informed about the suspension of train service. The passengers alleged that suspension of train service means wastage of time and money as they have to travel in cabs and other modes of transport which is very costly as compared to train fare. Train service is fast, cheap and safe, they added.

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