TER­ROR­ISTS KILL EDITOR IN SRI­NA­GAR

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT with agency in­puts SRI­NA­GAR, JUNE 14

Sri­na­gar, June 14: Vet­eran jour­nal­ist and Ris­ing Kash­mir editor Shu­jaat Bukhari and his two per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cers (PSOs) were shot dead by ter­ror­ists out­side the news­pa­per’s of­fice in the heart of Jammu and Kash­mir's sum­mer cap­i­tal to­day, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

Vet­eran jour­nal­ist and

Ris­ing Kash­mir editor Shu­jaat Bukhari and his two per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cers (PSOs) were shot dead by ter­ror­ists out­side the news­pa­per’s of­fice in the heart of Jammu and Kash­mir’s sum­mer cap­i­tal on Thursday, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

Fifty-three-year-old Bukhari was shot dead soon af­ter he boarded his car from his of­fice lo­cated at Press En­clave in the heart of the city cen­tre — Lal Chowk.

Po­lice said in a state­ment that ter­ror­ists this evening fired upon se­nior jour­nal­ist and editor-inchief of the daily, Ris­ing

Kash­mir, Shu­jaat Bukhari at Press En­clave.

“While Shu­jaat Bukhari was trav­el­ling in a car near Press En­clave, he was fired (upon) in­dis­crim­i­nately which re­sulted in in­stant death of Bhukari and a PSO who was with him. The other PSO who was shifted to the hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion has suc­cumbed to his in­jury,” the state­ment said.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion...in­di­cates this as a ter­ror at­tack. Po­lice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and con­demn this grue­some ter­ror act,” the state­ment said.

The uniden­ti­fied mil­i­tants, be­lieved to be three in num­ber, were wait­ing as it is be­lieved that they had the knowl­edge about the time Bukhari was to leave of­fice. They fired in­dis­crim­i­nately on the ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing him and fled on a mo­tor­cy­cle along with a weapon of a Per­sonal Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer (PSO) Ab­dul Hamid, who was also killed on the spot.

Mean­while, the In­dian Jour­nal­ists Union (IJU) strongly con­demned the as­sas­si­na­tion of Bhukari.

In a state­ment is­sued on Thursday, IJU pres­i­dent S.N. Sinha, sec­re­tary-gen­eral Amar De­vu­la­palli and vice-pres­i­dent Sabina In­der­jit said by killing Shu­jaat Bhukari the mil­i­tants had sought to si­lence the voice of san­ity and rea­son in the volatile state where the me­dia and the work­ing jour­nal­ists were un­der tremen­dous stress sand­wiched be­tween the mil­i­tants and the se­cu­rity forces.

Bukhari is sur­vived by his wife and one son and a daugh­ter.

The Edi­tors Guild of In­dia said the killing of the se­nior jour­nal­ist is a “new low in a rapidly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing en­vi­ron­ment” for me­dia per­sons in J&K and called upon the state gov­ern­ment to en­sure their safety and bring to book the cul­prits.

It said an at­tack on a jour­nal­ist chal­lenges the very foun­da­tions of a free press and vi­brant democ­racy and more so in a state like J&K that is go­ing through mil­i­tancy.

Shu­jaat Bukhari

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