Train service resumes in Kashmir

Srinagar: Train service resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended on Monday for “security reasons” in the wake of second of the three-phase election in Kulgam district of the Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC) in the Kashmir valley.

In the first phase, polling was held on April 23 in Anantnag district, which witnessed a voter turnout of about 14 percent only. Meanwhile, voters will exercise their franchise on May 6 in Shopian and Pulwama districts in the third and last phase of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency.

Train service was suspended on Monday as a precautionary measure following the apprehension of violence when polling was held in Kulgam district, official sources said.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a poll boycott and strike in Kulgam district only for Monday.

They said the railway department is acting on the advice of administration, including police, who are taking a decision keeping in view the safety and security of the passengers, railway officials, and property. They said in the past railway suffered huge damages to property, including railway stations, tracks, and signals during demonstrations.

Train service is very popular among the passengers, particularly students, employees and daily workers who are shuttling daily from their houses to educational institutions and offices or place of work in different parts of the valley. It is also a cheap, fast and safe mode of the journey against other transport available in the valley, where the majority of roads are damaged due to winter snow, leading to frequent traffic jam.

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