Senior journalist Shujat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar
15 June, 2018, 12:24 | Author: Charlene Valdez
Bukhari was targeted by unknown gunmen outside his office in Press Avenue in Srinagar. The unidentified militants, believed to be three in number, were apparently lying in wait as they knew when Bukhari would leave. "Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured", he said.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also condemned the killing, saying he had a fearless heart.
The murder of senior journalist and Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari evoked strong responses from top political leaders of the country and journalism bodies. "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this hard time", Omar wrote on Twitter.
Condemnation of the killing poured in with Union home minister Rajnath Singh describing Bukhari's killing as "an act of cowardice".
His killing is third such tragic incident in Srinagar's Press Colony. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. "He will be missed", he said on Twitter. Mumtaz succumbed to injuries in the hospital in the evening. Security situation in J&K has hit its nadir.
An eyewitness said: "I heard a few shots from my office and thought kids were bursting crackers on the eve of Id". His killing is an attack on the freedom of press and the civil society's attempts at resolving Kashmir through talks and mediation.
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On June 14, 2018, Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper was shot dead. "With a few hours to go for Eid this is awful", Banerjee tweeted. "The intermittent killings and attacks have been adding to the crisis in which the media was barely surviving", said the KEG.
Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the police in the region said "preliminary investigational finding indicates this is a terror attack".
The Editors Guild of India issued a statement saying they "unequivocally" condemned the attack. His write-ups on Kashmir conflict also featured in national and foreign media houses, including fortnightly magazine Frontline and BBC. "Prayers and condolences for them and their families on this bad night", he said.
"Preliminary investigation indicates this to be a terror attack".
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"Journalists working in Jammu and Kashmir have always been subject to a range of threats". He is said to have received multiple bullets in the head and abdomen. Bukhari worked for "The Hindu" as its Kashmir correspondent for several years before launching Rising Kashmir 10 years ago.
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