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Passengers put at halt as PM, Sonia inaugurate train tunnel
SRINAGAR, June 26: Prime minister Manmohan Singh's inauguration to the Qazigund-Banihal train tunnel today put large number of passengers at inconvenience.

The police put at halt all the Jammu bound passenger vehicles near Qazigund while no vehicle was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar. Reports and eyewitnesses said that police men did not allow any passenger vehicle or load carrier to move beyond Qazigund. “We were not allowed to move beyond Qazigund market where the policemen had blocked the road. Despite the scorching heat we were put at halt for more than four hours,” a driver told Kashmir Times over phone.

Another driver said that they had to face severe inconvenience as the policemen put them at halt for hours together. “One of the passengers in my vehicle fainted. The policemen told us that announcement about the one way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar was made only last evening,” he said.

A Jammu bound passenger, Hamidullah said that they reached Qazigund at around10 am in the morning and were allowed to move ahead only at 2 pm. “It was no less than third degree torture to remain halted in the vehicle for four hours that too in hot weather conditions. It is an irony that in the name of security measures on the arrival of prime minister in the area people were put at severe inconvenience,” he said.

A police official, however, said they had been strictly directed not to allow any Jammu bound vehicle beyond Qazigund. “Abiding by the directions we halted all the vehicles which were on way to Jammu near Qazigund. Even as there was only one way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar we allowed even the Jammu bound halted vehicles after 2 pm,” the police official said.

News Updated at : Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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