Srinagar, Feb 13: Train service resumed on Wednesday in south Kashmir despite separatist strike call for two days from today on the issue of Article 35 A which is scheduled to come up for hearing in Supreme Court this week.
In the past, train service remained suspended during strike calls or encounters in the valley. The SC is hearing a petition challenging Article 35 A of the Constitution. However, the case did not figure in the list of SC, scheduled to be taken up today. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for the strike from against any move to weaken the Article.
However, all trains chugged as per schedule on Srinagar-Badgam and Barmulla in north Kashmir on Tuesday when train service remained suspended in south Kashmir for security reasons following the death of two militants in an encounter with security forces at Ratnipora in Pulwama.
They said a fresh advisory was received this morning to resume all train runs on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region today. Trains are running as per schedule on this track, sources added.
Train service in the valley was suspended due to heavy snowfall on February 7, after two trains operated on Baramulla-Srinagar-Banihal tracks. However, train service was resumed on Srinagar-Budgam-Baramulla in north Kashmir track on Sunday. However, trains could not operate on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region on February 8 as a precautionary measure following encounter between militants and security forces in Kulgam. Five Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were killed in the encounter.
Trains could not run in the Valley on February 9 due to strike called by separatists on the sixth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail on this day in 2013. Though train service resumed on Sunday in north Kashmir, it remained suspended in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure.
Train service was again suspended in the Kashmir valley from Baramulla to Banihal on Monday for security reasons following separatist strike call on the death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat who was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 11,1984.
In the past, railway suffered huge losses when demonstrators attacked trains and railway stations during protests, the official said.
Train service has become very popular as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe compare to other modes of transport. However, due to strike, not only railways, people commuting by trains also suffer loss as they have to pay several times more to reach their destinations. (UNI)