Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Thursday evening, was a prominent face of Kashmiri journalism who had survived an assassination attempt in 2006.
Syed Shujaat Bukhari, editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, was leaving his office in the city center of Srinagar when he was shot by three assailants on motorbikes, Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiyaz Ismail told Reuters. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid.
Such gruesome violence during the holy month of Ramzan and on the eve of Eid is a chilling reminder of the fact that Kashmir is one of the most unsafe places not just for the security forces but for peace crusaders and journalists too.
In a statement, he sent out its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the journalist's family, as well as, calling for the perpetrators be brought to justice.
State police chief SP Vaid said that it was around 7.15 p.m., the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his auto when he was attacked by militants. "I rushed to his vehicle where I saw him in a pool of blood", Omar said. We thought it to be crackers being burst ahead of Eid.
The Editor's Guild of India condemned the dastardly attack. "With a few hours to go for Eid this is awful", Banerjee tweeted.More news: An Angry Ronaldo Refuses to Renew Contract With Real Madrid
Bukhari and his two security guards, Hameed Chowdhary and Mumtaz Awan, were killed in this attack after which the assassins escaped. His family members and well wishers condoled the shocking demise.
"Preliminary investigation indicates this to be a terror attack". Read Also: Kerala: Huge foreign worth Rs 1.33 crore seized at Cochin airport; Thrissur man held This is the first attack on a journalist in a long time in Kashmir and has shaken the entire fraternity.
The Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association and Federation of Press Clubs of India also expressed "deep shock and outrage at the brazen murder" of Bukhari.
Earlier, India rejected a United Nations report that accused it of having used excessive force in disputed Kashmir to kill and wound civilians since 2016, and which called for an worldwide inquiry into accusations of rights violations.
Bukhari and one police bodyguard were declared dead on arrival at a hospital.
This morning, the new edition of Rising Kashmir hit the stands.