Editor Shujaat Bukhari, 2 PSOs shot dead outside newspaper’s office

Rajnath, Mehbooba, Omar, others condemn killings

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
June 15, 2018 TOP STORIES 359 Views
Editor Shujaat Bukhari, 2 PSOs shot dead outside newspaper’s office

Senior Journalist and Editor-In-Chief of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari and his two personal security guards were killed by unknown gunmen at Press Enclave here on Thursday evening.
Official sources told GNS that gunmen opened indiscriminate fire as soon as Bukhari was disembarking from his vehicle at the press enclave around 7:00 pm.
The gunmen fled from the spot while Bukhari and his PSO were removed to SMHS hospital where both of them declared brought dead, they said.
Presently the bodies of the duo are lying at PCR for further formalities, they said
`His role in institutionalising media now part of history, alas this voice of people stands brutally silenced today’
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooa Mufti has strongly condemned the killing of veteran journalist and Editor of daily Rising Kashmir, Dr. Syed Shujaat Bukhari, who was killed this evening at his office in Srinagar.
In a condolence message, the Chief Minister described the killing of Bukhari as highly barbaric, deplorable and condemnable. His killing today has only established that violence cannot stand the scrutiny of logic and rationality, she said in her statement adding the whole State today stands in unanimity in condemning this inhuman act of savagery.
Mehbooba Mufti said the role and contribution rendered by Shujaat Bukhari in institutionalisation the media here has become part of the journalistic history of the State. “One would always see him raising issues of common cause concerning people. He would often fight for the issues of people through his columns and various discussions but alas this voice of people stands silenced today brutally”, she added in her message.
The Chief Minister visited the Hospital and paid her respects to the departed soul. She also conveyed her heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family particularly his parents, wife and two kids.
Governor N.N. Vohra has conveyed shock and grief on the gruesome killing of Syed Shujaat Bukhari, Editor of “Rising Kashmir”, a leading Valley newspaper. Recalling Bukhari’s standing as a veteran journalist Governor described his murder as a big loss to the media fraternity.
In a message Governor has prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. Governor has called Sh. Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Cabinet Minister and Shujaat’s brother, to convey his heartfelt sympathy.
Expressing shock over the incident, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called Bukhari’s killing a cowardice act.
“The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family,” tweeted Singh.
This is the first attack on a journalist in a long time in Kashmir and has shaken the entire fraternity.
“It’s a very unfortunate incident. Today at about 7:30 pm when he was coming out of his office and boarding his car, three terrorists came on a motorcycle and opened fire. Two of his PSOs (personal security officers) were also hit and one of them is no more the other is under treatment. They were shot before they could react,” Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid told NDTV.
“They chose the Iftaar time when everybody was rushing home. We will look into who these people are,” he added.
Shujaat Bukhari was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000. He was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir valley. He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.
National Conference leaser Omar Abdullah also expressed his condolence over the demise of Bukhari. “I’m in complete shock. Hearing the worst but hoping for the best. @bukharishujaat please pull through this. inna lilahi wa inna illahi rajiuun. Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time,” tweeted Abdullah.
The Press Club of India strongly condemned Bukhari’s killing.
“Press Club of India is shocked and saddened by this mindless terror attack that claimed the life of Shujaat Bukhari in the holy month of Ramzan… [it] shows that lives of journalists are not at all safe. Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace,” it said in a statement.
The attack took place hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a security review meeting for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage that starts later this month.
Sources say Rajnath Singh’s peace initiative in Kashmir, a ceasefire, may not extend beyond Ramzan, which is expected to end with Eid tomorrow.
Condemning the killing of Shugat Bukhari, editor Rising Kashmir group of publications by unknown gunmen in Srinagar, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani said that it is against the moral and human ethics to kill a person without any justification. Regretting such mysterious killings the Hurriyat leader said difference of opinion is no way a crime to kill a person. Geelani Sahab, while paying his condolences to the bereaved family of the young journalist, prayed for his eternal peace.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval indicated that the offer was only for Eid.
The ceasefire was seen to trigger a spurt in terror activities. Data collected by the home ministry indicates that terror-related incidents in the Kashmir valley have increased by more than 100 percent during Ramadhan.

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