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Additional security for rail lines in Kashmir Valley

india Updated: May 19, 2011 15:27 IST

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Additional police forces and mobile patrols have been deployed to secure the rail lines in Kashmir Valley after the rail infrastructure suffered heavy damages during summer protests last year.

"On every railway station we have presence. There will be a police station and police post there and we have deployed mobile patrols along the tracks," Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda told reporters in Srinagar on Thursday.

He said the security is being jointly handled by the state police and CRPF.

Rail services in the Valley were suspended in July last year when protestors went on the rampage and burnt down a railway station in north Kashmir's Sopore town and damaged the railway yard in central Kashmir's Budgam district.

Railway tracks and signal systems were also damaged during the summer protests last year bringing to a halt rail traffic in the Valley.

The non-local Railway employees also fled the Valley during the peak of the unrest.

The service was resumed in December 2010 from Budgam district to Qazigund station in south Kashmir, and early this year after the repair work was completed and security beefed up, the train chugged along the track in north Kashmir up to Hamre station.

"A roadmap with coordinated security in place was drawn up for reconstruction and restoration in a phased manner," Inspector General of Police, Railways, Navin Agarwal said.

He said the repair work of tracks has been completed up to Baramulla with proper security arrangements and service is likely to be resumed up to the last stop in north Kashmir with a halt station at Sopore.

Rail services in Kashmir Valley were inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi in 2008.