Rising Kashmir Editor, Shujaat Bukhari, Shot Dead in Kashmir Media Enclave
Srinagar: Senior Journalist and promoter of Kashmir Media Group (KMG), Syed Shujaat Bukhari, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Thursday evening outside his office at Mushtaq Ali Enclave (Press Colony) in the heart of capital city Srinagar, Lal Chowk.
Reports coming from the Kashmir media enclave said that Bukhari was in his SUV along with at least two of his Personal Security Officers (PSOs) when they were attacked around 7 PM.
While one of the personal security officers (PSO) guarding him was killed, another policeman and a civilian were injured, PTI news agency reported.
Bukhari was sitting on middle seat of his car while one of the PSOs was driving the vehicle. He was declared brought dead at SMHS Hospital when police rushed him for emergency treatment. He had received gun-shot wounds in head and abdomen. He was in 50s.
KMG was instituted in 2008 and publishes vernaculars in three languages including Rising Kashmir newspaper in English, Buland Kashmir in Urdu, Sangarmal in Kashmiri besides a weekly Urdu news and analysis magazine, Parcham.
The attack on Bukhari has shocked the Kashmir media fraternity.
In fact, Kashmir’s address for media or Press Enclave is named after noted Video Journalist, Mushtaq Ali. Ali worked with ANI and was killed when he received and opened a parcel bomb from woman at Press Enclave in 1990s when armed resistance in Kashmir was at all-time high.
‘Bukhari’s Killing Shocking’
The killing of Shujaat Bukhari in broad day light incited angry reactions with a call for end to “mindless violence”.
The Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, said in a message on Twitter: “It 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. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family.”
In her first reaction, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, tweeted: “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.”
“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,” she added.
Mehbooba’s political rival and National Conference vice-president, Omar Abdullah, in his condolence message tweeted, “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.”
Senior resistance leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said that he was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the tragic news of Shujaat Bukhari’s killing!
“Such inhumanity is unpardonable and condemned in the strongest terms! Proud son of the soil his death is a huge loss. Shujaat was an erudite intellectual a fearless journalist and above all a selfless human deeply concerned for his people. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family. Pray to almighty for his magfirat and place in Jannat,” he said in consecutive two tweets.
Scribes in Mushtaq Ali Enclave were seen comforting each other with KMG promoter’s death. “The Kashmir media corps has lost a big name,” said one reporter.