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Bukhari was defending journalism, human rights on social media hours before his killing

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hours before he fell to the bullets of unidentified gunmen, had vigorously defended his work on when some Delhi-based journalists accused him of doing "biased" reportage on Kashmir, and had posted the UN report on alleged human rights violations in the Valley.

One of his last tweets read: "First-ever @UNHumanRights report on #calls for #international inquiry into multiple violations".

Bukhari, who had a distinguishable tall frame and husky voice, said in another tweet, "In #we have done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground."

As the of his cold-blooded killing spread, reacted with surprise and disgust about the cowardly act as politicians, journalists and common people expressed their condolences and condemnation at the barbaric act.

"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family, said.

Rahul Gandhi, too, expressed his anguish about the killing of the who was one of the most important voices of Kashmir.

He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed, he said on

The killing took place in heavily guarded Press Enclave near the Lal Chowk area in when Bukhari, in his 50s, was going from his office there to attend a Iftar function.

"We're deeply dismayed to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, of @RisingKashmir. He was a brave and outspoken voice for justice and equality in Jammu and Kashmir," India said in its message.

Press Information Buerau Sitanshu Kar said, "Extremely saddened by the way the voice of #shujaatbukhari, one of the finest journalists of J&K, has been silenced. His voice of moderation will be missed by all."

and former of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav wrote "shocked & saddened by the unfortunate of @bukharishujaat 's death. Indeed darkest days for fearless & independent journalists in the country. Govts must ensure speedy investigation & punish the perpetrators. Where we are heading as a country?"

Former army in the area said, "Very pained to hear of the shooting of Shujat Bukhari, Editor of Long time associate, over 20 years. Played a very important role in Kashmir. Regret to learn that he is no more. May his soul rest in peace. What will the trts/Separatists aim to achieve with this."

While one of the personal security officers (PSO) guarding him was killed, another and a civilian were injured, they added.

The condition of the two injured in the shooting, which comes a day ahead of Eid, is critical, they said.

It was not immediately clear how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with newspaper as its Kashmir

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

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 21:35 IST