A complete shutdown is being observed on Monday in south Kashmir's Kulgam district in wake of the second phase of polls in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag Lok Sabha seat amid high security.
All business establishments remained closed while trafficwas off the roads.
Adequate security measures have been put in place to ensuresmooth conduct of the elections in the district.
As a precautionary measure, mobile Internet services havebeen suspended in the south Kashmir areas.
Train services between Baramulla and Banihal have also beencancelled for the day.
There are 18 candidates in the fray in this constituency,but the main contest is between Mehbooba Mufti of the People's Democratic Party(PDP), Ghulam Ahmad Mir of Congress and Justice (Retired) Hasnain Masoodi ofthe National Conference (NC).
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Sofi Yusuf and thePeople's Conference (PC), Choudhary Zafar Ali. In addition, there is a lonewoman candidate, Ridwana Sanam who is contesting as an Independent.
For the first time in the electoral history of the state, anon-local, Shams Khwaja, a lawyer from Uttar Pradesh is also in the fray.