Srinagar: Renowned journalist and editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir Shujat Bukhari and his personal security guard were killed by unknown gunmen at Press Enclave here on Thursday evening.
Official sources told that gunmen opened indiscriminate fire as soon as Bukhari was disembarking from his vehicle at the press enclave around 7:00 pm. 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. Presently the bodies of the duo are lying at PCR for further formalities, they said.
West Bengal Chief Minister tweeted:
Saddened and shocked at the brutal killing of respected editor and senior journalist @bukharishujaat With a few hours to go for Eid this is terrible. No words are enough for this big tragedy
He and others were immediately rushed to the hospital. Rising Kashmir’s Deputy Editor Ishfaq Naseem later confirmed Bukhari’s death, who succumbed to injuries.
Rahul Gandhi Tweeted :
I’m anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir. He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.
“Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. 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,” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
Union Minister tweeted:
The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family.
Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir expressed his sorrow,” I can’t believe the mulaqat we were going to fix will never take place now.”