Militants Blow Up Rail Track In J&K

Militants Blow Up Rail Track In J&K

2 April 2010
The Economic Times


Srinagar: In the first attack on Kashmir rail network, militants on Thursday night blew up two feet of the railway track in Pulwama along the Qazigund-Baramulla line, disrupting train services linking north and south Kashmir. The incident took place at Galbug area of Pulwama district, some 44 kms from Srinagar, when suspected terrorists planted a IED on the tracks and detonated the same around 10 pm on Thursday night. No casualties were reported as trains do not ply on this link at night. The attack came ahead of a scheduled inspection by senior officers of some on-going work in the railways in Kashmir. The police suspect that some taxi operators, whose business had been hit due to introduction of the train link, may have colluded with Hizbul Mujahideen to carry out the blast. “It was probably an IED blast because there was not much damage. We have recovered some wires from the spot,” senior superintendent of police, Pulwama, Kifayat Hyder told newspersons at the spot. CRPF inspector general, M C Asthana, said the blast could have been triggered by a “regular, high-power explosive.” The railway authorities started repair work on the track soon after taking stock of the damage caused by the IED blast. Train services resumed around 10 am on Friday morning. Chief area manager, Northern Railways, Opinder Singh, said two trains from Srinagar to Qazigund were cancelled due to the incident. The railway service commenced in the Valley on October 11, 2008, from Anantnag to Budgam. The line was later extended from Budgam to Baramulla on February 14, 2009, and then from Anantnag to Qazigund on October 28 last year. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had inaugurated the extended rail link to Qazigund. The security agencies are apprehending a “hot summer” ahead in J&K in view of the sharp increase in infiltration and the rising levels of violence in the first three months of 2010 as compared to 2009. As many as 126 incidents, 65 identified infiltration attempts, 45 encounters, 53 militant killings and 36 civilian and security personnel casualties have been reported between January 1 and March 30 this year.


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