Train services were again suspended on Saturday as a precautionary measure in Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for a general strike.
'We have suspended all train runs in Kashmir valley after a directive was received from police last night,' a railway official said.
No train will chug on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region. Similarly, no train will run on Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir, said the official.
The Railway department was acting on the advice of police. Since safety and security of passengers, besides railway officials and property was involved, no risk could be taken, he added.
However, the passengers would suffer from the decision, since train service is considered a cheap, safe and fast mode of transport available in the valley, the official noted.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, has called for a general strike on Saturday against the alleged increase in civilian killings, desecration of religious places, unnecessary and unjustified deployment of heavy contingent of forces in Jamia Masjid area, desecration of graveyards of martyrs, chopping off of fruit orchards at Sugam Shopian and plight of prisoners in various jails, including Tihar.
'We receive heavy rush of passengers on Saturday afternoon, when people go back to their homes after work,' he said, adding that Monday mornings also witness a similar heavy rush, when people resume their business activities.
This is the first time train services were suspended in June, while they were suspended for 14 times partially or fully in the valley in May. (UNI)