Omar Abdullah suggests troop movement via train

Omar Abdullah, National conference
National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah

Srinagar: After Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement came on Friday for not allowing private and public transport movement on the Jammu Srinagar Highway while convoy movement, former Chief Minister of the state Omar Abdullah said that other options are possible than this.

Reacting over the statement of the Singh, Mr. Abdullah said that there can be an alternate solution rather than stopping private vehicular movement during the convoy movement. Mr. Abdullah suggested that a specially chartered train between Banihal and Barmullah for the convoy movement can be started with high speed. Added that this can minimize the time and will be safer for the government forces.

Also, by this step, there will be no impact on civil traffic movement. Taking to micro-blog site Twitter, Mr. Abdullah Tweeted, “Sir, why not use special chartered trains between Banihal & Baramulla for movement of security forces? They will be able to move at high speed nonstop & they will be much safer than convoys. Also, highways will be available for civilian traffic.”

Earlier, Mr. Singh announced that in the wake of a suicide attack on CRPF convoy on Thursday, the government has decided that the civilian movement will be stopped for some time when a large convoy of security forces passes through an area.

Adding that by this decision, “civilians will face a little difficulty, we apologize for it,” said Mr. Singh.

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