Jour­nal­ist Bukhari shot dead in Sri­na­gar

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VET­ERAN jour­nal­ist and Ris­ing Kashmir edi­tor Shu­jaat Bukhari and his PSO were shot dead by uniden­ti­fied gun­men out­side the news­pa­per’s of­fice in the heart of Sri­na­gar on Thursday.

Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was leav­ing his of­fice in Press En­clave in Lal Chowk for an If­tar party when he was shot. While one of the per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cers (PSO) guard­ing him was killed, an­other po­lice­man and a civil­ian were in­jured.

VET­ERAN jour­nal­ist and Ris­ing Kashmir edi­tor Shu­jaat Bukhari and his PSO were shot dead by uniden­ti­fied gun­men out­side the news­pa­per's of­fice in the heart of Sri­na­gar on Thursday.

Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was leav­ing his of­fice in Press En­clave in the city cen­tre Lal Chowk for an if­tar party when he was shot. While one of the per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cers (PSO) guard­ing him was killed, an­other po­lice­man and a civil­ian were in­jured. The con­di­tion of the two in­jured in the shoot­ing, which comes a day ahead of Eid, is crit­i­cal. It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many gun­men at­tacked Bukhari, who ear­lier worked with The Hindu news­pa­per as its Kashmir correspondent.

Bukhari was in­stru­men­tal in or­gan­is­ing sev­eral con­fer­ences for peace in the Kashmir Val­ley. He was also part of the Track II process with Pak­istan.

Chief min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti broke down while de­nounc­ing the “mind­less” killing of Bukhari. “What can I say. Only a few days ago he had come to meet me,” an emo­tional Mufti said, strug­gling to hold back her tears. For­mer CM Omar Ab­dul­lah tweeted, “Shocked be­yond words... Even in the last tweet he put out he was de­fend­ing him­self, his col­leagues & his pro­fes­sion. He died in the line of duty do­ing what he did best & loved do­ing - jour­nal­ism.”

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “I’m an­guished to hear about the killing of Shu­jaat Bukhari, edi­tor of Ris­ing Kashmir. He was a brave heart who fought fear­lessly for jus­tice and peace in J&K. My con­do­lences to his fam­ily. He will be missed.”

CPI(M) leader MY Tarigami said it was a “bru­tal” at­tempt by hawks to si­lence the mes­sen­ger of peace.

Bul­let-rid­den bod­ies of Shu­jaat Bukhari and one of his PSO in their car in Sri­na­gar on Thursday

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