Shujaat Bukhari killed; news updates: Mehbooba Mufti meets family of Rising Kashmir editor, expresses shock

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Shujaat Bukhari killed; news updates: Mehbooba Mufti meets family of Rising Kashmir editor, expresses shock
  • 19:02 (IST)

    Suspect was seen removing pistol from crime scene

    "At this stage we are investigating the role of the fourth suspect. He was was seen picking up a pistol from the spot and vanishing. He is in custody," the IG Kashmir SP Pani said. 

  • 18:53 (IST)

    It is a terror related crime, says Jammu and Kashmir Police

    "At this point in time, this is a terror related incident, and there is no doubt about it. An SIT, led by DIG Jammu and Kashmir, has been formed which will investigate the crime," Jammu and Kashmir police said. 

  • 18:51 (IST)

    Police recovers one of the pistols removed from scene of crime

    The Jammu and Kashmir police said that one of the suspects, now in custody, was seen picking up a pistol from the crime scene. The police said that the pistol has now been recovered. They also said that the accused's coat he was wearing on the day of the crime has also been recovered. 

  • 18:48 (IST)

    Police holds press conference after arresting suspect

  • 18:35 (IST)

    Police access CCTV footage, release pics of four suspects in murder case

    Jammu and Kashmir Police, initially released the CCTV footage of three bike-borne youths. The investigation revealed that the assailants were carrying two rifles in a burlap bag and after the killing, the third youth who was waiting for the senior journalist to step out from his office also rode with them and they fled from the place within minutes of the incident. 

    However, later the police also the involvement of a fourth person. The man has been identified and arrested.

  • 18:31 (IST)

    Police say Shujaat Bukhari's murder was meticulously planned

    The killing of senior journalist and editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, was meticulously planned. One youth kept a watch on him and later alerted the two other gunmen who came to the Press Enclave and fired on his vehicle from all the sides leaving him and two policemen guarding him dead.

    According to police officials investigating the case, the youth keeping watch gestured to his associates as soon as the senior journalist stepped out of his office and boarded his vehicle to head home. After spraying the vehicle with bullets, the gunmen fired into the air to prevent people from taking the occupants of the car to the hospital. The gunmen soon left the place shouting Allahu Akbar (God is great).

  • Protests in Pakistani side of Kashmir against the killing of Shujaat

    Shujaat Bukhari started many initiatives for both sides of Kashmir, including a form for reporter from both sides of Kashmir, to exchange ideas and write stories together. He led a delegation of more than 20 journalists from valley to Pakistan few years ago.

    Image courtesy: Twitter@ShakilMadiha

  • 13:03 (IST)

    US Mission in India condemns Bukhari's killing

    In a tweet, US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster said that the US Mission in India strongly condemns the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, and security officers Hamid Chaudhary and Mumtaz Awan. "We offer our sincere condolences to their family, friends, and colleagues," he said.

  • South Asia FCC condemns Shujaat Bukhari's assassination

    The Foreign Correspondents'  Club of South Asia (FCC), New Delhi, condemned the brutal and senseless killing of senior Kashmiri journalist Shujat Bukhari in Srinagar. "We demand an immediate probe into this dastardly crime, and appeal to the authorities to find the guilty and punish them," it said in a statement.

  • 12:53 (IST)

    Shujaat Bukhari's writing reflected belief in political solution to Kashmir conflict

    A look into the last few writings of the Rising Kashmir, where he worked as the editor-in-chief, gives an idea of his stand over several issues — be it condemning the social sanctioning of youth turning to violence in the Valley, asking the State to re-think on its methods or urging the Kashmiri society to reflect on the growing violence in the Valley. Besides, that in one of the last tweets, Bukhari was actually defending his journalism, makes his last articles important to understand just what that might be that he was eager to defend.

    Describing how worrying the societal sanction for violence in Kashmir is becoming the new normal in the Valley, especially for the youth, and the State's response to it, Bukhari wrote, "They (Kashmiri youth) resist government attempts to take on the militants. When the army, the paramilitary forces, and the police cordon an area to search for a militant, it is a civilian who puts up resistance and, in the end, both the militant and the civilian dies... Who is pushing these youth to pay this price and why?

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  • Kashmir Press club condemns killing of Shujaat Bukhari 

    "The Kashmir Press Club (KPC)/Aiwan-e-Sahafat has strongly condemned the gruesome killing of senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari."

    "The club is pained at the loss of its senior member and considers the killing as an assault on the entire media fraternity in Kashmir. Unfortunately, journalists in Kashmir have been prone to assaults from all sides of the conflict and the brazen attack on Shujaat inside the Press Enclave again brings to fore the risks under which media works in Kashmir. Such attacks on media fraternity are entirely unacceptable and KPC would like to reiterate that such acts would never cow down the resilience of the Kashmir media."

    “His loss is a huge set back to the entire press fraternity of the valley. The dastardly act amounts to attack on freedom of speech. Silencing a professional like him is absolutely unfortunate”, KPC Vice President Shuja ul Haq said in a statement issued in Srinagar. 

  • Thursday was not the first time Bukhari faced an assasination bid

    In June 2006, when he was leaving his office from the same Press Enclave, three gunmen directed him to board an auto. After they travelled few hundred meters one of the kidnappers received a call. The driver changed the direction and travelled through the busy streets of old Srinagar city, when they demanded of Bukhari to get out. One of the attackers took a pistol out and aimed at him. But it got locked. Bukhari raised hue and cry, some passersby came to help, and freed him from their clutches.

    This was third assassination attempt on him. He is survived by two children, both in school, and wife and aged parents. His father was a school teacher who belonged to an influential family of Sayeeds of Kreeri in north Kashmir.

  • 12:20 (IST)

    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says Bukhari's killing proves terrorists are enemy of humanity and Islam

    Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a tweet: "The killing of renowned journalist Shujaat Bukhari Sahab & brave soldier Aurangzeb in the Holy month of Ramadan has once again proved that coward terrorists are the enemy of not only humanity but also the Islam."

  • CPM's Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami calls Bukhari's killing a cowardly act

    Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, CPM leader and MLA from Kulgam told at the funeral of the Rising Kashmir editor that it was a cowardly act aimed at muzzling the voice of press in the state. 

    “They have not killed a man but an idea, an idea about brining peace in Jammu and Kashmir. He was an institution who wanted to build brides between people of Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India, and even Pakistan. His death has created a void that will not be easily fulfilled. How can anyone get anything out of by killings him," he said.

  • 12:14 (IST)

    PDP leader Haseeb Drabu tweets over Shujaat Bukhari's killing

    Former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister and senior PDP leader Haseeb Drabu on Thursday said that devastated and numbed by the news about the murder of senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir Syed Shujaat Bukhari.

    Taking to Twitter, Drabu wrote: “Devastated and numbed by the news about Shujaat Bukari.This is beyond insanity.”

  • Lashkar-e-Taiba condemns Shujaat Bukhari's killing, calls it a conspiracy

    Lashkar-e-Taiba on Friday strongly condemned the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari even as it blamed “Indian” agencies “enmity” towards every individual who is “loyal to the freedom movement.”

    Abdullah Ghazanwi, militant organization’s spokesman in a statement issued quoting Mahmood Shah, Chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, said: “Killing of Shujaat Bukhari is a conspiracy hatched to suppress the voice of indigenous freedom struggle. Indian agencies have enmity towards every individual who is loyal to the freedom movement. The world must pay attention to India’s vicious and ill-fated conspiracies.”

  • Absentia funeral prayers for Shujaat Bukhari at Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers 

    Funeral prayers in absentia will be held for slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari at Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers. Bukhari, who was editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir was shot to death along with two police guards by unknown gunmen at Press Enclave in Srinagar on Thursday evening.

  • Funeral prayers held for Shujaat Bukhari

    Several important individuals including top politicians, bureaucrats, officials of police and civil administration joined the funeral prayers of veteran journalist Syed Shujaat Bukhari at his ancestral village Kreeri.

  • 11:57 (IST)

    Rising Kashmir hits stands with Shujaat pic in black background

    English newspaper 'Rising Kashmir' published its daily edition on Friday even after losing its editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari in an assassination which also left two of his two personal security officers (PSOs) dead.
    Bukhari and his two PSOs were shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside Rising Kashmir office in Press Enclave near the city centre Lal Chowk here in Srinagar shortly before the iftaar on Thursday evening. Bukhari is survived by his wife and one son and a daughter.
    Rising Kashmir hit the stands on Friday morning with its front page carrying the full-page photograph of its late editor-in-chief in black background. The page also carried the message that the paper would not be cowed down.
    “You left all too sudden but you will always be our leading light with your professional conviction and exemplary courage. We won't be cowed down by the cowards who snatched you from us. We will uphold your principle of telling the truth howsoever unpleasant it may be...Rest in peace!” the paper said. 

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Hundreds gather for last rites ceremony of Shujaat Bhukhari

    Day after senior journalist and Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari was killed in Srinagar, the last rites were performed for him. 

  • 11:42 (IST)

    Updates begin for 15 June, Friday 

  • 21:16 (IST)

    Many of us are heartbroken to lose you (Shujaat Bukhari): Sagarika Ghose

  • 20:51 (IST)

    Centre, state committed for press freedom: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

    "This is a shameful act. Media is free in India. The state government and the central government are committed for the freedom of press in the country and the state," ANI quoted Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as saying.

  • 20:50 (IST)

    Mehbooba Mufti meets family of Shujaat Bukhari

  • 20:48 (IST)

    Omar Abdullah shares his last DM exchange with Bukhari

  • 20:45 (IST)

    With a few hours to go for Eid, this is terrible: Mamata Banerjee

  • 20:45 (IST)

    Editors Guild of India unequivocally condemns assassination of Shujaat Bukhari

  • 20:40 (IST)

    Assassination of Shujaat Bukhari a brutal attack on press freedom: Rajyavardhan Rathore

  • 20:39 (IST)

    Shujaat Bukhari was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice: Rahul Gandhi

  • 20:38 (IST)

    Shujaat Bukhari assassinated for being advocate for peace and reconciliation: Barkha Dutt

  • 20:37 (IST)

    Absolute shock for me: Hina Bhat, BJP leader

    "Day before, I met him at a function. This is an absolute shock for me," Hina Bhat, BJP leader, told India Today TV.

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Mehbooba Mufti tears up, says Bukhari's demise is 'very shocking'

    "This is very shocking. What else can I say? Only a few days back, he had come to meet me," said an emotional Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

  • 20:28 (IST)

    Shujaat Bukhari was a rare voice of moderation in Kashmir: Barkha Dutt

  • 20:26 (IST)

    Bukhari was attacked by three bike-borne assailants from close range: Reports

  • 20:22 (IST)

    Killing of Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice: Rajnath Singh

  • 20:21 (IST)

    One PSO of Shujaat Bukhari also shot dead: Reports

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Shekhar Gupta calls Shujaat Bukhari 'an incredibly brave editor'

  • 20:17 (IST)

    Shujaat Bukhari and I were colleagues at The Hindu: Siddharth Varadarajan

  • 20:14 (IST)

    Deeply shocked: Muzaffar Baig, senior PDP leader on the demise of Shujaat Bukhari | News18

  • 20:13 (IST)

    Shujaat Bukhari's last tweet from today:

  • 20:09 (IST)

    Violence cannot silence the pen: All India Congress Committee communication department secretary

  • 20:03 (IST)

    Omar Abdullah tweets on journalist's demise, says he is 'shocked beyond words'

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid: Mehbooba Mufti

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Deeply shocked: Shehla Rashid

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Shocked to hear about attack on Bukhari: Ram Madhav

  • 19:50 (IST)

    'Rising Kashmir' editor Shujaat Bukhari dead: Reports

  • 19:48 (IST)

    Visuals of the spot where Bukhari was attacked

Latest updates: Congress president Rahul Gandhi condemned the attack on Shujaat Bukhari and said that the Rising Kashmir editor fought fearlessly for peace.

Senior journalist and editor-in-chief of English daily Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office in Srinagar, police said.

State police chief SP Vaid said that it was around 7.15 pm, the iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his car when he was attacked by militants.

"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed shock at the killing.

"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," she said in a tweet.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah also expressed shock at the gruesome murder of this senior Kashmiri journalist. Reciting the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, he said: "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed shock at the incident.

"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 on his Twitter handle.

The murder also sent shock waves in the media fraternity.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jun 15, 2018 19:02 PM

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