18 trains cancelled from Jammu, Katra, pilgrims stranded, no interstate bus service operating

GJ Report
Jammu, Aug 25: Around 18 trains were today cancelled from Jammu Tawi Railway Station in view of Supreme Court verdict on Dera Baba Ram Rahim.
“Eighteen trains were cancelled today from Jammu Tawi Railway Station and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Railway Station, Katra due to Law and Order condition at Haryana and Punjab in view of Verdict on Dera Baba Ram Rahim,” Naveen Kumar, DTM Railways Jammu here said.
He said that 12 trains were cancelled from Jammu and six from Katra, adding, “there is heavy rush of passengers at the platform.”
“Initially the cancellation of trains will continue tomorrow also as per guidelines issued unless law and order situation gets control,” said the DTM.
Meanwhile people early morning rushed to the platform to cancel their bookings.
However, reports from Katra said that thousands of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims were stranded at Katra due to cancellation of trains.
“Some of the pilgrims managed to reach destination by air after reaching Jammu but mostly are stranded and waiting for resumption of train service,” said a police official.
They said that bus service is also suspended from Jammu due to prevailing law and order situation in the neighbouring states.
“No commercial vehicles, bus operators and tempo travellers are agreeing to ferry the pilgrims to Punjab or neighbouring state,” Deepinder Singh, a stranded devotee from Gurdaspur, who had come to Katra, said.
Some of the pilgrims also reached Jammu in local route buses to carry forward their journey but they got stuck up as no Inter-State bus service was operating from Jammu.