In the first direct attack on the railways in the Kashmir Valley, militants triggered an explosive device in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. No casualty has yet been reported.
“The explosion that took place around 10.00 in the night destroyed two feet of railway track and left a crater. But by 10.30 am, the track was restored for normal traffic,’’ said Upinder Singh, chief area manager of Indian Railways in Srinagar.
The track is part of the 119-km-long Qazigund-Baramulla route that started operations in October 2008, connecting the southern and northern parts of the state. The explosion occurred at Gulbugh village near Kakapora town.
“We have taken all precautions. There is a 24-hour patrol by the railway police,” S.K. Saini, Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir range, said, expressing surprise at the attack, as the service was very popular in the Valley.
The last state budget proposed to extend the line up to the state’s frontier district of Kupwara. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah even proposed a railway link between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in PoK.