Srinagar, Nov 12:
Rail services in Kashmir resumed on Tuesday – over three months after being
suspended due to security reasons in view of the Centre’s decision to abrogate
Article 370, officials said.
also plied on the Batwara-Batamaloo route through the city centre, while
inter-district cabs and auto-rickshaws plied in the city and elsewhere in the
was plying unhindered.
official told PTI that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar this
He said the train
made only two trips on the Baramulla-Srinagar stretch as authorities have
directed Railways to ply trains between 10 am and 3 pm only due to security
conducted the trial run of the service on the stretch on Monday for the first
time in over three months since the unannounced shutdown in the valley.
The official said
the Srinagar-Banihal stretch of the railway line would resume in a few days
after checking track safety and conducting trial runs.
The train service
in the valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of 5 August
– hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the
Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.
decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley – which completed 100
days on Tuesday — even as authorities imposed severe restrictions which were
later gradually eased out.
Markets have been
following a new pattern of functioning, opening early morning till around the
noon and then downing their shutters to join the protest against abrogation of
the special status of the state, officials said.
miscreants are using fear mongering to put down any resistance to unannounced
shutdown by threatening shopkeepers and businessmen.
said two grenade attacks in the city’s busy Goni Khan market and Kaka Sarai
areas were an indication that there were concerted efforts to keep the shutdown
phones and all internet services continued to remain suspended since 5 August.
Most of the top
level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive
custody while mainstream leaders including two former chief ministers — Omar
Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house
has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar
Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act.