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Shujaat Bukhari approached CM for increased security few days before his killing: Dulat

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Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead in last week, had approached only a few days ago for increased security, former special said today.

Bukhari, the of the daily 'Rising Kashmir', was shot dead outside his office in on June 14. Two police officers provided to him as personal bodyguards were also killed in the attack. The government has blamed militants based in for the killings.

"He (Bukhari) had warned repeatedly of alienation, increased militancy and all pervasive fear in which no one was safe," Dulat, who arrived here last week, said in a statement.

Bukhari had "approached the only a few days ago for increased security. Yet who could have imagined that this gentle soul would become a target. Why? Dulat asked.

"We had met at about 6 weeks ago from where he travelled to Despite travelling for more than a fortnight he came from to for the launch of my book 'The Chronicles' on May 23. As usual he spoke fearlessly about his beloved Valley which he saw sinking in the last couple of years," the former intelligence chief said.

Bukhari was the most committed votary of dialogue as the only way out, he said. "He was a gem of a human being and a friend; possibly the brightest in the Valley with a great future," he added.

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First Published: Mon, June 18 2018. 19:45 IST