Rajnath, Vohra, Mehbooba, Omar, ors condemn attack
Srinagar, Jun 14: Senior Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir, Shujat Bukhari and his two personal security guards were killed by unknown gunmen at Press Enclave here on Thursday evening.
Official sources said that gunmen opened indiscriminate fire as soon as Bukhari was disembarking from his vehicle at the press enclave around 7:00 pm.
The gunmen fled from the spot while Bukhari and his PSO were taken to hospital where both of them declared brought dead, one of his PSO succumbed later, they said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the killing.
“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,” he said in a tweet.
Governor N.N. Vohra has conveyed shock and grief on the gruesome killing of Syed Shujaat Bukhari, Editor of “Rising Kashmir”, a leading Valley newspaper. Recalling Bukhari’s standing as a veteran journalist Governor described his murder as a big loss to the media fraternity.
In a message Governor has prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. Governor has called Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Cabinet Minister and Shujaat’s brother, to convey his heartfelt sympathy.
Chief Minister, Mehbooa Mufti has strongly condemned the killing of veteran journalist and Editor of daily Rising Kashmir, Dr. Syed Shujaat Bukhari.
In a condolence message, the Chief Minister described the killing of Bukhari as highly barbaric, deplorable and condemnable. His killing today has only established that violence cannot stand the scrutiny of logic and rationality, she said in her statement adding the whole State today stands in unanimity in condemning this inhuman act of savagery.
Mehbooba Mufti said the role and contribution rendered by Shujaat Bukhari in institutionalisation the media here has become part of the journalistic history of the State. “One would always see him raising issues of common cause concerning people. He would often fight for the issues of people through his columns and various discussions but alas this voice of people stands silenced today brutally”, she added in her message.
The Chief Minister visited the Hospital and paid her respects to the departed soul. She also conveyed her heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family particularly his parents, wife and two kids.
National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah also expressed shock over the incident. “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,” Abdullah, who is the former chief minister of the state, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Strongly condemning the attack on Senior Journalist & Chief Editor Daily Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari in which the Bukhari and his PSO lost their lives, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir described the incident as cowardly, & shameful act on the part of attackers.
Strongly condemning this inhuman act, G.A. Mir expressed serious anguish over the deadly attack on Senior Journalist and emphasized the Govt to ascertain the identity of the attackers for severe punishment.
I am pained and shocked to hear about this unfortunate news of killing of Senior Journalist and I have no words to express my grief, G.A. Mir added and expressed solidarity with the family of Bukhari and his friends and relatives.
I offer my deepest condolences to bereaved family and pray for eternal peace to Bukhari, Mir said.
The Press Club of India strongly condemned Bukhari’s killing.
“Press Club of India is shocked and saddened by this mindless terror attack that claimed the life of Shujaat Bukhari in the holy month of Ramzan… [it] shows that lives of journalists are not at all safe. Forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace,” it said in a statement.
KEG, while strongly condemning the act has termed the killing as dastardly and a great loss to the media fraternity in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Media in Kashmir has been operating in a testing situation in Kashmir for all these decades of crisis. The intermittent killings and attacks have been adding the crisis in which the media was barely surviving.
Shujaat has been a senior journalist who rose from a reporter. He had a long inning in The Hindu which he left at the position of senior assistant editor to take-over the Rising Kashmir. He reported Kashmir turmoil since the 1990s and was well respected in the fraternity for the contributions he made to the institution of media. One of the prominent faces of the media, Shujaat was one of the few journalists who was a keen lover of art and culture and headed the Adbi Markaz Kamraz for many years.
Shujaat has survived a serious heart attack only two years back. He is survived by his wife and two kids, a son and a daughter.
In an emergency meeting, KEG strongly condemned the brutal attack.it is tragic that every time the killers need a hit in the media, they descent down the press colony and kill. KEG is demanding a speedy investigation into the brutal attack so that killers are identified and punished.
KEG wants to convey to the players of Kashmir turmoil that killing journalists will not further the cause of any side but will perpetuate the crisis further. At the same time, we need to convey that Kashmir media has survived the worst situations and will survive this dastardly murder as well.