Train service was suspended again on Friday for security reasons in the Kashmir valley in view of joint resistance leadership shutdown call against the killing of scholar rebel Manan Wani and his associate in an encounter in Shatgund area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
This is the third time train service was suspended in the valley for security reasons this week.
‘We have again suspended all train runs in the Kashmir valley on Friday,’ a senior railway official told Kashmir Life.
Therefore, he said, no train will chug on Budgam-Srinagar-Islamabad-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region. Similarly, trains will also not run on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir, he said.
Train service was resumed only yesterday after remaining suspended on Wednesday in the valley, after the general strike in the areas where voting for second of the four-phased polls was held in 49 municipal wards. Train service was also suspended on Monday when the first phase of municipal polls were held and resumed on Tuesday.
The Joint Resistance Leadership(JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has called a strike today against the Manan Wani’s killing.
Manan Wani, a Phd scholar of Aligarh Muslim University turned militant and his associate were killed by government forces in an encounter at Handwara in Kupwara yesterday. Manan has joined militancy in January this year.