Srinagar, Jun 28: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday released the photographs and details of the four suspected accused in connection with the murder of Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari on June 14.Also Read - Pakistan Minister Blames India For Sabotaging New Zealand Series, Claims Threatening Email Came From Unknown Device
Addressing a press conference, IGP Kashmir SP Pani said that this terror crime was done by Lashkar-e-Taiba and the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan. He also added, “Sajad Gul now based in Pakistan, Azad Ahmed Malik, LeT operative from Anantnag district, Muzafar Ahmad bhat, LeT, Naveed Jatt have been identified in Shujaat Bukhari murder case.” Also Read - SAARC Foreign Ministers Meet Stands Cancelled as Pakistan Wanted Taliban to Represent Afghanistan: Report
The IGP Kashmir also said that the murder was a result of a malicious social media campaign. “We have tangible evidence to establish that the conspiracy was done from Pakistan. LeT conspiracy comes in picture because of the person Sajad Gul. He is currently in Pakistan. He was earlier arrested in 2016 from Kashmir. He obtained a passport fraudulently and left the country in March 2017. He is behind the conspiracy and created those write ups and blogs.” Also Read - 2 Pilots Killed as Army Helicopter Crash Lands in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur
Bukhari was killed on June 14 by three men outside his office in Srinagar’s press enclave. Two of Bukhari’s PSOs were also killed in the attack.
The development comes two days after a senior police official of Jammu and Kashmir said that Shujaat, the editor of Rising Kashmir, was gunned down by terrorists on instructions from across the border.
Earlier, it was reported that Hurriyat, Pakistan’s ISI and LeT may be behind Bukhari’s killing as the latter had refused to back their opposition of the “Ramzan ceasefire” and peace talks in the Valley.