Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari shot dead by gunmen outside his office in Srinagar

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

Published: 14th June 2018 07:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2018 01:33 AM   |  A+A-

Shujaat Bukhari (Facebook Photo)

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: Senior journalist and editor of Srinagar-based English daily newspaper, Rising Kashmir, Syed Shujaat Bukhari along with his two security guards was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Press Colony at city centre Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Bukhari left his office at around 7 pm to have Iftaar with his family at home.

As he boarded his vehicle, the gunmen, who were apparently waiting for him, sprayed bullets on his vehicle from point-blank range.

Shujaat and one of his security guard Hamid died on the spot while another of his security guard sustained critical bullet injuries.

The injured security guard identified as Mumtaz was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to injuries in the evening.

Police sources said three militants on a motorbike fired on his vehicle and escaped from the spot after the incident.

No militant group has claimed responsibility of the killing of Shujaat Bukhari.

The doctors, who performed Shujaat's post-mortem, said he had sustained more than 16 bullet injuries.

"He has been fired indiscriminately from very short range," they said.

Shujaat was the editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, Buland Kashmir (Urdu daily) and Sangarmal (Kashmiri daily).

Shujaat started his career in journalism with Jammu-based English newspaper Kashmir Times. Later he joined the national newspaper, The Hindu and quit the paper after launching his own English newspaper Rising Kashmir in March 2008.

Shujaat was an advocate of peace and favoured peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.

He is the brother of PDP MLA and Minister Syed Basharat Bukhari.

Shujaat is survived by elderly parents, wife, daughter and son.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other mainstream and separatist leaders have strongly condemned the killing of Shujaat.

"The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head 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," Mehbooba tweeted.

The Editors Guild of Kashmir, an editors' body of Kashmir, has also strongly condemned Shujaat's killing.

Bukhari was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley.

He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.

Condolences for the veteran journalist are pouring in on Twitter:

Mehbooba Mufti

Barkha Dutt

Rahul Gandhi

Omar Abdullah

The former J-K CM shared his last direct message with the journalist:

Siddharth Varadarajan

Sagarika Ghose

Iftikhar Gilani

(translation: the ones whose hands are stained with blood, they have to introspect.)

(With online desk inputs)

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