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Train services resume at Jammu station

Train services, which were disrupted in the wake of violence in some parts of Punjab over the attack on a sect leader in Vienna resumes, DSP Railways Maqsood Shah said.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Jammu
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2009 07:04 PM IST

Train services, which were disrupted since Monday in the wake of violence in some parts of Punjab over the attack on a sect leader in Vienna, resumed on Tuesday even as thousands of passengers, including Vaishnodevi pilgrims, remained stranded at the railway station in Jammu.

"Rail services have been resumed at Jammu station with Tata Mori train leaving from Jammu at 4 PM and another train is ready to leave soon," DSP Railways Maqsood Shah said in Jammu.

Railways cancelled 19 trains passing through Jammu after violence broke out in Jalandhar and other neighbouring districts of Punjab on Monday, leaving more than about 17,000 passengers, mostly Vaishnodevi pilgrims, stranded at Jammu railway station.

Five trains, including Inter-city Varanasi, Sonapur and Bandra trains, which were stranded at various places have reached Jammu railway station on Tuesday.

The DSP said "trains will be allowed to move towards their destinations after review of the security situation along their routes in Punjab and Haryana".

Four social organisations and the state unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad have organised community kitchens at the railway station since Monday to provide food for the stranded pilgrims.

The number of stranded passengers is likely to go up as pilgrims are continuing to return from Vaishnodevi shrine as also other people, who were scheduled to leave from Jammu station to other parts of the country.

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