New Delhi, June 25: A senior police officer of Jammu and Kashmir has said that Shujaat Bukhari, the Editor of local English daily Rising Kashmir, was gunned down by terrorists on instructions from across the border. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officer also mentioned that the case is expected to be cracked by the end of June. Also Read - MBBS Seats in Jammu and Kashmir Increases to 1100
On June 14, Bukhari was shot dead by gunmen in Press Colony in Srinagar city. The same day, a bullet-riddled body of Army jawan Aurangzeb was found kidnapped by a team of police and Army at Gussu village from Kalampora, in Pulwama district. He had earlier been abducted while he was on his way home for Eid. Also Read - Kashmir's So-Called Politicians Sometimes Tend To Be More Dangerous: Jitendra Singh
Bukhari was reportedly shot multiple times outside his office in Press Avenue near Lal Chowk area while he was leaving for an Iftar party. At the time of the attack, he was accompanied by two personal security officers. Also Read - Black Day Observed Across Jammu and Kashmir To Mark Pakistan's Invasion in 1947
According to a Hindustan Times report, the state police has taken note of a June 16 Facebook post in Urdu by Pakistani journalist-activist Ershad Mahmud. Mahmud’s post says that Bukhari’s views were at odds with those of separatists in the Valley and that of the United Jihad Council headed by senior Jamait and Hizbul Mujahideen leader Sayeed Salahudeen. However, the police are investigating Mahmud’s post.
India had raised its voice against cross-border terrorism at the UN Assembly recently. Representative Rajiv K Chander had said that it is the cross-border terrorism that tries to suppress the people’s voice. “The last week’s gruesome assassination of a senior journalist and his security officers, silencing a voice of moderation, and abduction and brutal killing of a soldier while on his way home for Eid in Jammu and Kashmir, are its chilling reminders,” said Chander.
The killings of Bukhari and Aurangazeb last week sent everyone in a tizzy. The attack on Bukhari has been condemned by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, former chief minister Omar Abdullah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi among others. The Srinagar-based journalist had reportedly survived three assassination attempts during his challenging career. He was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000.