Senior print journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead on Thursday evening outside his office in Srinagar in an outrageous terror attack that has left the nation in dismay. Mr Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper, was shot at close range in the attack in which his two security officers were also killed. He was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000. The attack happened when he had stepped out of his office in Press Colony in the city to head home.
Police said that the killers were waiting for bukhari to come out of the office and the police are suspecting that it was a planned attack as CCTV footage showed the three attackers on a motorcycle. While the rider was wearing a helmet, the other two men were wearing masks to hide their identity. They can be seen carrying guns hidden in a sack
“Today at about 7:30 pm when he was coming out of his office and boarding his car, three terrorists, who had come on a motorcycle, opened fire. Two of his PSOs (personal security officers) were also hit… They were shot before they could react,” Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid told the Media.
Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir visited the police hospital, where Mr Bukhari’s body was brought. “It’s very difficult to believe. He came to meet me just a few days ago,” she said.
Shujaat Bukhari was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000. He was instrumental in organizing several conferences for peace in the Kashmir valley and mentored several young journalists.
The press guild of India said that “An attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir… The Guild calls upon the Centre to take necessary steps to ensure a situation where the media can discharge its duties without any fear of violence,” its statement read.