The arrival and departure time of many trains from Jammu got severely affected as the trains were delayed by over eight hours after a terrorist attack in Jammu's Kathua district on Friday. The delay in departure and halts on the way caused a lot of inconvenience to the passengers.
The trains were halted on the way for many hours and services remained adversely affected from 8 am in the morning till 4 pm.
Station Superintendent Ravinder Kumar Sharma said a high alert was issued due to the attack near Bari-Brahmana station and a massive checking was done in all the trains.
According to officials, Malwa Express coming from Jammu got delayed for over six hours and was stopped near Hiranagar area even after the train services were resumed. Jammu Tavi Ahmedabad AC Special weekly train also got delayed.
The trains going via Ludhiana to Jammu like Swaraj Express, Begampura Express, Amarnath Express were halted at the other stations before reaching the city railway station. Majority of these trains were halted near Pathankot area while no train was stopped at Ludhiana railway station.
A passenger Ankita, who was going to Delhi and was waiting for Malwa Express said, “As I know that the train would be delayed for over 6 hours, it's better for me to take a bus.”
Railway Protection Force (RPF) also remained on their toes as a high alert was issued and task forces were deployed at all the railway stations across the north.
RPF Ludhiana inspector Yashwant Singh said, “We are keeping a vigil eye on every single activity so that any untoward incident could be avoided.”