A leading newspaper journalist and editor in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar. Bukhari also aired his disappointments in the Mehbooba Mufti government even as he raised concerns about the security situation. He was reportedly hit by multiple bullets fired from a close range. Bukhari was shot in the head multiple times while he sat in a vehicle and a personal security officer (PSO), who was accompanying him, was also shot dead.
He and others were immediately rushed to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital, where the journalist succumbed to his injuries.
Bukhari was the editor of Kashmiri newspaper Rising Kashmir.
National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav said, "Shocked to hear about d attack on d Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar".
"The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid". May his soul rest in peace. "My deepest condolences to his family".
Reactions over the senior journalist's death poured in from different quaters, with politicians and journalists sharply condemning the murder. The attack comes one day before the end of a unilateral halt in military operations against the Kashmiri youth for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace", Press Club of India said in a statement. "Justice will be done", Mehbooba said.
Waseem Ahmad, a local journalist, told Reuters that he heard gunfire ringing out and, reaching the location, found Bukhari and his two guards lying in a pool of blood in their vehicle.
Calling the noted journalist "brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice", Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed his anguish on the journalist's death.
"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice". He was a fearless heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir. "He will be missed", he said on Twitter.
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah wrote: "Shocked beyond words".
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