'Rising Kashmir' editor shot dead in India-Occupied Kashmir

Shujaat Bukhari killing Govt should review Kashmir policy says Mayawati

Shujaat Bukhari killing Govt should review Kashmir policy says Mayawati

Shujaat Bukhari had just left the Srinagar city office of his newspaper, Rising Kashmir, on Thursday when three men on a motorcycle fired at him and his two guards, police said.

His two security guards were also killed in the attack that has evoked massive condemnation.

Official sources told GNS that gunmen opened indiscriminate fire as soon as Bukhari was disembarking from his vehicle at the press enclave around 7:00 pm.

BJP's Ram Madhav said, "Shocked to hear about d attack on d Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar".

He was taken to hospital but was later declared dead. Two police officers provided to him by local authorities for his security were also killed in the evening attack, according to S.P. Vaid, the region's police chief.

Bukhari is survived by his wife and one son and a daughter. The motive of the killing has not been ascertained immediately.

Bukhari did his masters in journalism from Ateneo de Manila University, Manila as a fellow of the Asian Centre for Journalism, Singapore.

Bukhari wrote for the BBC at the time that journalists in Kashmir "had to work on a razor's edge in what is effectively the world's most heavily militarised zone".

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Earlier today, an Army jawan was abducted by terrorists from Pulwama district.

Most Kashmiris support the rebel cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control. His killing is an attack on the freedom of press and the civil society's attempts at resolving Kashmir through talks and mediation.

Known for encouraging young and budding journalists in Kashmir, Bukhari, an avid social media user, would often talk about the threat to Kashmir journalism in a conflict situation.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed it an "act of cowardice".

Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari was Friday laid to rest in his ancestral village with thousands of friends and admirers braving heavy rain to mourn a veteran journalist, who had championed peace in times of conflict and may have been killed for it. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid.

"Extremely shocking news", said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who broke down in front of cameras.

Preliminary investigation by the state police indicates that Bukhari's brutal killing was a terror attack. "We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace".

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also expressed shock at the killing of the renowned journalist who was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley and was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.

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