Srinagar: Srinagar Police on Friday released photos of three suspects involved in the murder of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari.
Kashmir’s senior journalist and his two personal security officers were shot dead on Thursday in the heart of Srinagar.
The police managed to obtain photos from CCTV footage of the suspects involved in the attack in Press Colony that killed the reputed journalist. The photos show three men on a motorbike with the rider’s face obscured by a helmet and one of the two pillion riders wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face.
General public is requested to identify the suspects in pictures involved in today’s terror attack at press enclave.#ShujaatBukhari @JmuKmrPolice @spvaid @DIGCKRSGR @PoliceSgr pic.twitter.com/3cXM0CC8BD
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) June 14, 2018
Their description corresponds with that of eyewitnesses who reported seeing four men riding two motorcycles wearing helmets and shalwar kameez outside the office of Rising Kashmir near Lal Chowk at 7.30pm on Thursday just as Bukhari boarded his vehicle. The two pillion riders fired indiscriminately, they said, killing Bukhari and one of his security officers on the spot. The other security official died in hospital.
Politico took it to social media to mourn the death of the journalist:
The show must go on. As Shujaat would have wanted it to. This is today’s @RisingKashmir issue. That Shujaat’s colleagues were able to bring out the paper in the face of insurmountable grief is a testament to their professionalism & the most fitting tribute to their late boss. pic.twitter.com/ADP70D4F1q
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 14, 2018
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
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
I’m anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir. He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 14, 2018