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Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari and his PSO shot dead in Srinagar

15 June 2018

On June 14, 2018, Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper was shot dead.

Bukhari was shot outside his office in the commercial hub of the region's main city of Srinagar. Reportedly, two motor-cycle borne gunmen fired indiscriminately upon Bhukhari when he was heading towards his home.

Bukhari, who had a distinguishable tall frame and husky voice, said in another tweet, "In #Kashmir we have done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground".

He was taken to hospital but was later declared dead.

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It was not immediately clear how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper. The condition of the two injured is also critical.

The FO spokesperson said that "Bukhari's targeted killing within hours of his tweet on the OHCHR report on Jammu & Kashmir - bad coincidence, raises serious questions - India should investigate and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice". Bukhari later told Reporters Without Borders that the instigators and perpetrators of this kind of attack are rarely caught in Kashmir. Veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta said he was mourning the loss of "an incredibly fearless editor and an invaluable voice of middle-ground moderation". The scribes from across the country expressed shock after the attack. "My deepest condolences to his family", Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.

BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav called the killing of journalist Shujaat Bukhari "Reprehensible and condemnable cowardly act of the terrorists". He was instrumental in organising conferences for peace in Kashmir.

India has about 500,000 soldiers in the part of Kashmir it controls, where armed groups are fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari and his PSO shot dead in Srinagar