The home minister also said that he was shocked by the journalist's death.
"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," he said.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi too condoled Bukhari's family and said he was fearlessly fighting for peace in the state,
"I'm anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir. He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed," Gandhi said in a tweet.
In a tweet, the saffron party leader said, "Shocked to hear about d attack on d Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar. Reprehensible n condemnable cowardly act of d terrorists (sic)"
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed shock over the incident of killing.
"Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time," Abdullah said in a tweet and also posted a screenshot of his last conversation with the deceased journalist.
He also appreciated Bukhari for defending his profession and said he died in the line of of duty doing what he did best & loved doing - journalism.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a tweet said, "Deeply saddened to learn about the dastardly killing of @RisingKashmir editor #ShujaatBukhari. Such an attempt to suppress the sane voices by terrorists will never succeed."
Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore called Bukhari's killing as an attack on freedom of press.
He said, "Assassination of #ShujaatBukhari is a brutal attack on freedom of press. A cowardly and deplorable act of terror. Our fearless media is one of the greatest strength of our democracy and we are committed to provide a safe and conducive working environment to media persons."
The Editors Guild of India in a tweet said, "The Editors Guild of India unequivocally condemns the assassination of Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari. This is a grave attack on press freedom and democratic voices. We will be issuing a more detailed statement soon.
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