Train service remain suspended in Kashmir for security reasons

Srinagar, Aug 31: Train service remained suspended on Friday for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for two-day general strike from yesterday against any move to weaken the Article 35 A which has been challenged in the Supreme Court (SC).

All trains remained suspended in the Kashmir valley following advisory from police, a senior railway official told media.

He said train service was suspended between Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region on Wednesday after an encounter ensued in Anantnag. Two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were killed in the encounter by security forces. Train service remained suspended for the third day today on this route, he said.

Similarly, no train will chug on Srinagar-Badgam-Baramulla in north Kashmir for the second day today, he said.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JLR), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, has called for two-day general strike from yesterday against any move to weaken Article 35 A. The strike call was supported by traders, transporters, civil society and religious organizations.

About half a dozen petitions filed in Supreme court challenging the Article . However, counter petitions were also filed by mainstream parties. All the petitions will come up for hearing today.

The railway official said train service is likely to resume tomorrow. He said trains were main target during strikes and other disturbances in the valley in the past, when railway suffered heavy damage.

However, train service, which is very cheap, safe and fast as compared to other mode of transport, remained first preference for people travelling between north to south and Banial in Jammu region.

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