Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Srinagar’s Press Colony. (Photo: Twitter/@bukharishujaat)
- He assured the killers would be punished
- Bukhari had earlier criticised Pakistan in a social media post
- J-K Police were scanning his social media accounts
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that there wasn’t an iota of doubt that terrorists were behind the killing of noted journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
He added that he has spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured the killers would be punished.
Jammu and Kashmir police said that Bukhari had earlier criticised Pakistan in a social media post and they were scanning his social media accounts too. He had faced death threats earlier as well.
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.
Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 14, 2018
Bukhari had received X category security (security cover of 2 personnel) following threats from Pakistani terrorists.
Police said they were investigating the case and would soon find out who were behind the killing. Three bike-borne men were waiting for him outside the office. After firing at Bukhari, they used the crowd that had gathered to their advantage and managed to escape.
Renowned journalist and editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Srinagar’s Press Colony.
The assailants opened fire on Bukhari’s vehicle on Thursday evening. He was reportedly hit by multiple bullets fired from a close range. A security guard protecting him and his driver were also shot.
He and others were immediately rushed to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital, where the journalist succumbed to his injuries. His security guard died in the hospital, while another is in critical condition.
Rising Kashmir’s Deputy Editor Ishfaq Naseem later confirmed Bukhari’s death.
Visuals from outside the hospital showed Bukhari’s grief-stricken family screaming and crying over the journalist’s murder.
Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti, who visited the hospital, expressed grief over Bukhari’s death.
“Shocked and 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 and pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.