Prominent journalist gunned down in Kashmir

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English newspaper "Rising Kashmir" published its daily edition on Friday even after losing its editor-in-chief on Thursday in an assassination which also left two of his two personal security officers (PSOs) dead.

He said the police are likely to constitute a SIT to investigate the killings, which happened on the eve of Eid, leaving Kashmir stunned and invoking all-round condemnation.

On June 14, 2018, Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper was shot dead.

Such gruesome violence during the holy month of Ramzan and on the eve of Eid is a chilling reminder of the fact that Kashmir is one of the most risky places not just for the security forces but for peace crusaders and journalists too. "Deepest condolences to his family", she tweeted.

Shujaat, who survived a massive heart attack recently, was provided security cover in 2000 after a similar attack on him. Prior to Sultan, in 1995, cameraman Mushtaq Ali was killed in a parcel bomb attack that was intended at former BBC correspondent Yusuf Jameel who, however, escaped with injuries. "With a few hours to go for Eid this is bad", Banerjee tweeted.

Emotions ran high as many young and old journalists, whom Shujaat mentored in his three-decade long career, broke down in the Press Enclave, where the incident took place, upon hearing the news of his passing. However, no militant organisation has claimed responsibility for the killing. The Guild calls upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the media in the state.

Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar
Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead in Srinagar

"Recent weeks have also seen threats of violence against many journalists in different parts of the country", it added. "My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family", he tweeted.

"Preliminary investigation indicates this to be a terror attack". Given the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the PDP-BJP government is unlikely to release prisoners, including separatist leaders, or youth booked on stone-pelting charges as a "goodwill gesture" ahead of Eid, sources said.

The shooting was condemned by the Press Club of India, Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association and Federation of Press Clubs of India, among other media bodies.

Earlier, it was reported that Bukhari and his SPO were wounded, but then Bukhari succumbed to death.

The suspect, a bearded man in a white shirt, can be seen in the photo checking on the bodies in the vehicle, not long after Mr Bukhari was shot dead.

This morning, the new edition of Rising Kashmir hit the stands.