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Train accidents in Valley, 7 months 9 deaths

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Srinagar-Budgam section becoming more vulnerable

MASROOR AHMAD

BUDGAM: Although Kashmir is yet to get connected with rest of country through rail connectivity nearly 50 people lost their lives on the intra-Kashmir rail tracks in the last six years. Srinagar-Baramulla-Banihal trains are regularly carries more than 30,000 thousand passengers including students and employees.
Figures provided by the railway officials that seven people were crushed to death in 2017, while number grew in 2018 and death toll rises to 12. Six people died in 2021 and in 2022, 10 people have lost their lives and this year in first six months, 7 people crushed to death by moving trains so far.
As per the detailed reports, a women was died after being hit by moving train on Budgam-Mazhama rail section in Central Kashmir on June 4.
As per the Official report, a train bearing the No. 09785 in between Budgam-Mazham section, hitt an unknown women causing on spot death.
On April 17, a 17 year old girl died after she was fatally hit by a moving train while she was clicking selfies along with a child near Mochwa railway track.
On April 27, a youth died after being hit by a moving train in Pattan Bambray rail section in Baramulla district.
As per officials the deceased 40-years-old Mohmad Akbar Ganai a resident of Chander Hamma Pattan, was crossing the railway track when he was hit by the train.
On February 24, an elderly man was killed after being hitting by a train on Budgam -Srinagar Section.Official said ,he has been identified Sonauallah Bhat. Sonauallah Bhat a resident of Lajoora Pulwama was a retired school teacher.
On Feb 10, train crushed a man to death in Central Kashmir, between Srinagar -Budgam section at Mazhama. On Feb 13, an elderly man allegedly attempted to commit suicide by jumping in front of a moving train and lost both his legs in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district , officials said.
Following the train accidents, Northern Railways, Kashmir has issued many advisories in public interest.
Chief Area Manager Kashmir Saqib Yousuf told The State Times that efforts were being made to create awareness among train drivers so that they “make use of long whistling in critical sections such as Budgam and Srinagar”.
“We urge people not to walk on the railway track. We are getting to see that people use earphones and walk on the tracks which is quite fatal,” said official.

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