Srinagar, Jun 14: The Editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by terrorists in Press Colony in Srinagar city on Thursday. In the attack, one of his personal security officer (PSO) was also killed, while another is critically injured. He has been admitted to the hospital.
“Terrorists attack editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper Shujaat Bukhari in Press Colony in Srinagar city. Bukhari and his SPO are injured,” a tweet posted by news agency ANI read.
As per reports, Bukhari was shot multiple times outside his office in Press Avenue near Lal Chowk area while he was leaving to attend an Iftar party. At the time of the attack, he was accompanied by two personal security officers.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti strongly condemned the attack on Bukhari. “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,” she tweeted.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah hoped for Bukhari’s recovery. “I’m in complete shock. Hearing the worst but hoping for the best. @bukharishujaat please pull through this,” he tweeted.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh called the terrorist attack on Shujaat Bukhari an act of cowardice. “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,” he tweeted.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to express anguish over killing of Bukhari by terrorists. “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,” he tweeted.
Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore termed the attack on Bukhari as cowardly and deplorable. He tweeted, “Assassination of #ShujaatBukhari is a brutal attack on freedom of press. A cowardly and deplorable act of terror. Our fearless media is one of the greatest strength of our democracy and we are committed to provide a safe and conducive working environment to media persons.”
The Srinagar-based journalist has reportedly survived three assassination attempts during his challenging career. He was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000. In the past, he has been Bureau Chief of The Hindu.
Earlier in the day, terrorists kidnapped an Army jawan from Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. 22-year-old Aurangzeb – a resident of Poonch district – was reportedly proceeding toward his home on leave for Eid in a shared cab when a group of armed militants abducted him.