Rail services resume in Kashmir valley after more than three months
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Rail services in Kashmir resumed fully on Sunday after three months as trains ran between Srinagar and Banihal in south Kashmir on Sunday. The services between Srinagar and Baramulla were also resumed post-trial run that was conducted on the same route on Saturday. The inter-Kashmir valley train service was suspended following the abrogation of article 370 and divide J&K into two union territories on August 5.
Speaking to PTI, a railway official said, "rail service in the valley fully resumed this morning as the train chugged from Baramulla towards Banihal." The authorities have asked the Railways to ply the trains between 10 am and 3 pm due to security reasons, the official added.
The weekly market in Srinagar witnessed a huge number of customers. It remained open till noon after which the shopkeepers closed it to join a protest against abrogation of the special status of J&K.
Some mini-buses also started to run in few routes in the city and the valley with cabs and auto-rickshaws plying as usual. The private transports were reportedly running unhindered in the valley, it added.
The Pre-paid mobile services and internet services continued to remain shut in some places since August 5.
Meanwhile, the situation has limped back to normalcy in Kashmir and the annual examination of students in middle classes started on Saturday. "The annual examinations for classes five to nine started this morning," an official said.
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 arrest, the report added.
The government has detained former CM and MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act-- enacted by his father Mohammad Abdullah in 1978.
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