Senior Journalist of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead in Srinagar on Thursday evening. He was attacked when he was leaving his office in Press Colony in the city on Thursday evening. He was reportedly hit by multiple bullets at point blank. Two security guards who were saving him were also injured and are critical.
“This is an attack on the freedom of the press,” said Anuradha Jamwal, Executive Editor, Kashmir Times. Shujaat Bukhari was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also 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.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) June 14, 2018
The attack took place hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a security review meeting for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage that starts later this month.