Srinagar: Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.
Militants fired from close range at Bukhari outside his office in the Press Enclave area of Residency Road here, critically injuring him, his driver and a security guard, police sources said.
All the three injured were shifted to hospital, where Bukhari and his driver were declared dead by doctors and the security guard is critical, the sources said.
State police chief S.P. Vaid said that it was around 7.15 pm, the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his car when he was attacked by militants.
"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.Meanwhile, the state police department has released CCTV footage of the suspects and has provided contact numbers for those who can provide any information regarding the suspected killers.
#BREAKING: J&K Police release CCTV footage of three suspected bike borne killers of Shujaat Bukhari and his two PSOs. Any information regarding these suspects may kindly be given to— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) June 14, 2018
Police Station Kothibagh on 9596770623 or PCR Srinagar on 9596222550, 9596222551, 01942477568. pic.twitter.com/Al1UQPk9LI
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed shock at the killing.
Shocked & 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 & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) June 14, 2018
Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat’s killing. That too, on the eve of Eid. We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace. Justice will be done. https://t.co/8oCNXan13L— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) June 14, 2018
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed shock at the gruesome murder of this senior Kashmiri journalist. Reciting the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, he said:
inna lilahi wa inna illahi rajiuun. Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 14, 2018
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed shock at the incident.
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
The murder also sent shock waves in the media fraternity.