Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Veteran Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Veteran Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

A leading journalist and editor who worked for peace in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has been shot dead along with his bodyguards.

Bukhari, 50, was gunned down on Thursday evening soon after he got into his auto from his office at Press Enclave in the city centre, Lal Chowk, on his way for an iftar party. It promised not to cow down by the terrorists and promised to carry Bukhari's vision forwards.

Bukhari's two security guards were also killed in the attack.

Earlier, it was reported that Bukhari and his SPO were wounded, but then Bukhari succumbed to death.

The Editors Guild of India condemned the "dastardly attack" on Shujaat Bukhari, calling it a "new low".

Shujaat Bukhari's life-size portrait against a black background was both intense and symbolic.

He said that Shujaat was vocal about "highlighting the human rights abuses in Kashmir by the Indian forces at the global forum through his newspapers".

More than 130 people have been killed this year in militant violence in Kashmir. He was instrumental in organizing several conferences for Kashmir peace.

Living the conflict. A
Living the conflict. A

The three militants were caught on a CCTV camera, the police said.

Bukhari described the threat to Kashmiri journalists in a 2016 article for BBC News.

Her political rival and former chief minister Omar Abdullah was equally devastated, putting out a series of tweets expressing his anguish.

Entire Jammu & Kashmir state went into a mourning mode soon after Bukhari's demise was splashed on national and local news channel. "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. "My deepest condolences to his family", Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted. He was a courageous and fearless journalist.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed their shock on social media. He died in the line of duty doing what he did best & loved doing - journalism. This is a grave attack on press freedom but also an assault on voices of sanity and reason and no words of condemnation are enough for such brutal killing.

Police said the assailants came on a motorbike and fired a volley of bullets toward the victims, leaving Bukhari and his guards in a pool of blood. The Guild also calls upon the state and central government to enhance security for all journalists in Jammu and Kashmir. All anti-India forces are attacking journalist.

"This has devastated the whole journalist fraternity in the region". He is the fourth journalist to be killed by militants in the almost three-decade-long violence in Kashmir.

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