Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari killed in Srinagar

Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari killed in Srinagar

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed anguish over the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar and described him as a "brave heart" who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

Unknown attackers shot Bukhari today at close range in the city's Press Colony, according to news reports.

"I was just leaving my office when I heard the intense firing".

Indeed, Bukhari never shied away from raising his voice against the powerful.

The gunmen fled from the spot while Bukhari and his PSO were removed to SMHS hospital where both of them declared brought dead, they said. Mumtaz succumbed to injuries in the hospital in the evening.

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Shujaat was editor-in-chief of English daily Rising Kashmir, Urdu daily Buland Kashmir, and Kashmir daily Sangarmal, which are run by Kashmir Media House (KMH).

Journalist Nidhi Razdan tweeted, "Devastating news".

One of his last tweets read: "First-ever @UNHumanRights report on #Kashmir calls for #international inquiry into multiple violations". In the past too, we have lost many journalists.

"Mr. Bukhari was a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted editor who mentored a large cadre of young journalists from Kashmir".

Bukhari, who was in his 50's, was assigned security guards after he faced an assassination attempt in 2000.

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Former chief minister condemned the attack on Bhukhari.

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. "The Guild also calls upon the state and central government to enhance security for all journalists in Jammu and Kashmir", they said in a statement. It's not clear, who attacked the journalist, but the development has sent shock waves in the media fraternity across India. "Authorities must turn this rising tide of risks by thoroughly investigating this murder and holding the perpetrators to account", he said.

The "gusty" reporter had served as state's correspondent for national daily The Hindu for many years.

India has long accused Pakistan of training and arming militants and helping them infiltrate across the heavily militarized Line of Control (LoC) that separates the two sides in the region, a charge Islamabad denies.

Groups fighting for the independence of Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan have rejected the brief religious "ceasefire".

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