SRINAGAR — A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian-held Kashmir today (Tuesday) after a separatist group announced a protest against the killing of eight civilians by Indian forces in wake of failed Srinagar elections.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed to maintain law and order in Srinagar and other places.

Shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

According to The Huffington Post, train services between the valley and Jammu region’s Bannihal town also remained suspended.

The Kashmir University has also postponed all exams to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Internet services, both on mobile and fixed landline connections, remained shut for the third day on Tuesday.

Tension reduced in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian districts on Tuesday after the Election Commission announced deferment of Wednesday’s poll in Anantnag.

Voting for this Lok Sabha constituency by-election will be held on 25 May.

Meanwhile, the authorities have deployed Indian Border Security Force personnel outside the residence of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, at Hyderpora in Srinagar.

On Sunday, six people were killed and more than two dozen injured when Indian police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar.

Suspected separatist factions in Kashmir have called for a boycott of the vote, resulting in heightened security and low voter turnout when the polling began.