Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar, condolences pour in

Shujaat Bukhari's Facebook page

KNS condoles demises, extends condolences to bereaved family Srinagar, Jun 14 (KNS): Veteran journalist and Rising Kashmir Editor-In-Chief Dr Shujaat Bukhari was Thursday evening shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside his office in the heart of Srinagar the summer capital.

Two personal security officers assigned to him by Jammu and Kashmir police were also killed whereas a civilian was injured in the attack, police said.

Expressing his condolences, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, "I'm anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir".

In connection with the today's attack at Srinagar's Press enclave, police requests the general public to identify the suspects for the goal of the police investigation.

Bukhari is the fourth journalist to be killed by militants in the almost three-decade-long violence in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the state police department has released CCTV footage of the suspects and has provided contact numbers for those who can provide any information regarding the suspected killers.

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Calling Bukhari a fearless journalist, Indian Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said on Twitter the killing was an act of cowardice and "an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir". The Rising Kashmir was one among many newspapers which have faced censorship in the past. Such inhumanity is unpardonable and condemned in strongest terms!

He actively advocated a peaceful resolution, had helped organize conferences involving former Indian and Pakistani diplomatic officials, and was part of the "Track-II" diplomatic process. Previous year too, no prisoners were released ahead of Eid.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, but both claim it in its entirety. In the past, he had worked for national daily "The Hindu" for several years. I can't believe the mulaqat we were going to fix will never take place now. In a condolence message, the chief minister described the killing of Bukhari as highly barbaric, deplorable and condemnable.

Witnesses said Bukhari died on the spot while the assailants fled immediately after the attack.

Bukhari, who was a group editor for three daily newspapers and a weekly, including the English-language daily Rising Kashmir, was targeted as he was getting into his vehicle. "The intermittent killings and attacks have been adding to the crisis in which the media was barely surviving", said the KEG.

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