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'Rising Kashmir' editor Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Veteran and 'Rising Kashmir' 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.

Fifty-three-year-old Bukhari, who had worked as the for national daily 'The Hindu' for several years, 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.

Giving details, police said in a statement that terrorists this evening fired upon senior and of the daily, 'Rising Kashmir', at Press Enclave.

"While 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 (PSO) Abdul Hamid, who was also killed on the spot.

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

Another PSO, identified as Hameed, and a civilian were injured in the attack. The later succumbed to his at the hospital.

The is the brother of Bashrat Ahmed Bukhari, a in the government.

An anguished Chief broke down while denouncing the "mindless" killing of Bukhari as she recalled her meeting with the a few days ago.

"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.

Several organisations of journalists also condemned the killing.

Bukhari is the fourth journalist to be killed by militants in the nearly three-decade-long violence in In 1991, the of 'Alsafa', Mohammed Shaban Vakil, was killed by militants of Hizbul Muahideen.

Former Yussuf Jameel escaped with when a bomb exploded in his office in 1995, but ANI cameramen lost his life in the incident.

Later on January 31, 2003, Parvaz Mohammed Sultan, of NAFA, was shot dead by at his Press Enclave office.

Hours before he was killed, Bukhari distinguishable by his over six-foot tall frame and husky voice was steadfastly defending his work on microblogging site when he was accused by some Delhi-based journalists of biased coverage.

"...In #we have done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground," he had said in the tweet.

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

Chief said in a message that she was shocked and saddened by Bukhari's "sudden demise".

"The scourge of terror has reared its on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family," the said on

Terrorism, she said, has hit a new low with Bukhari's killing, "that too on the eve of Eid".

"We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace. Justice will be done," Mehbooba said.

of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad termed him a close friend and lauded his role during the floods of 2014. "In him we have lost a fearless journalist and a great social worker," he said.

BJP also termed the senior journalist's killing a cowardly act by the terrorists.

In a tweet, he said, "Shocked to hear about d attack on d of Shujaat Bukhari in Reprehensible n condemnable cowardly act of d terrorists (sic)"

Former and National Conference (NC) said, "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."

Abdullah also posted a screenshot of his last conversation with Bukhari on

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. 22:10 IST