New Delhi: In the aftermath of militants
targeting rail tracks in Jammu & Kashmir, the state police
on Friday assured railways of full protection to its properties
and security forces were "taking all possible measures to
prevent such incidents".
"I spoke to the Director General of J&K police Kuldip
Khoda and he assured me that all possible measures are being
taken to prevent such incidents in the state," Northern
Railway General Manager SK Budhalakoti told agency.
He said the state government has a major role to play
in protecting railway properties and officials of the PSU were
in constant touch with the J&K police given the significance
of the Kashmir rail link.
Rail network in the state, which seeks to connect the
valley with the rest of the country, came under militant
attack for the first time yesterday night when nearly two feet
of the track was blown up in Pulwama district, disrupting
train services between south and north Kashmir.
However, no casualty was reported in the incident.
Budhalakoti said train services have been restored today
and a senior RPF official is rushing to the state to
coordinate with the police there to strengthen safety and
security of railway properties.
Investigations into the incident have begun, Senior
Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, Kifayat Hyder said.
Reacting to the incident, RPF DG, Ranjit Sinha said this
is a law and order problem and the state government has been
asked to beef up the security in the area.
The railway service was started in the Valley on October
11, 2008, from Anantnag to Budgam. It was extended to
Baramulla on February 14, 2009, and later from Anantnag to
Qazigund on October 28 last year.
Another senior railway official of Ferozpur Division,
under which the Kashmir rail link project falls, said "the
latest attack will not come in the way of completion of the
ongoing rail project work in the state."
He said the train services are run in the valley during
the day time only and this prevented a big mishap from taking
Five trains run twice a day from Qazigund to Baramulla,
Qazigund to Budgam, Srinagar to Baramulla, Baramulla to Budgam
and Srinagar to Qazigund.