New York, June 14, 2018-The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the killing of the editor of the English-language daily newspaper Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, in Srinagar, Kashmir.
He further said that the journalist's "targeted killing within hours of his tweet on the OHCHR report on Jammu & Kashmir - bad coincidence, raises serious questions - India should investigate and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice". "Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured", he said. The second security officer succumbed later.
Bukhari is survived by his wife and one son and a daughter. There was no immediate word from police on the identity or possible motive of the gunmen. "He died on the spot due to multiple bullet wounds", said a photo journalist who was present at the scene but did not want to be named. It's not clear, who attacked the journalist, but the development has sent shock waves in the media fraternity across India. "Mr Bukhari was a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted editor who mentored a large cadre of young journalists from Kashmir", the statement said.
Most Kashmiris support the rebel cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.
Meanwhile we condemn this unforgivable act of violence." wrote Kapil Sibal, "Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari.
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh dubbed the attack as an act of cowardice.
Unidentified gunmen shot Shujaat Bukhari and the two officials as he was leaving his office in Srinagar's Press Enclave.
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.
"This was a planned attack", said Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta. Terrorism, she said, has hit a new low with Bukhari's killing, "that too on the eve of Eid". "We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace".
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: Even in the last tweet he put out he was defending himself, his colleagues & his profession.