Remembering Syed Shujaat Bukhari
He was shot dead by unidentified gunmen’s outside his office in Srinagar
Veteran journalist and the Editor in Chief of Rising Kashmir Syed Shujaat Bukhari was laid to rest in his ancestral village Kreeri Pattan in North kashmir’s Baramulla district on June 15. Friends and relatives in large number gathered for the funeral procession for the journalist who defended peace in time of conflict.
He was shot dead on June 14 by unidentified gunmen’s outside his office in Press Enclave area of Srinagar while he was heading home.
According to the Director General of Police, J&K S.P.Vaid three terrorists attacked Bukhari.
Bukhari, 50 was accompanied by two of his personal security guards Hamid Chaudhary and Mumtaz Awan, who were also killed in the attack. Chaudhary died on the spot while Awan succumbed to his injuries in the SMHS hospital.
CM, J&K Mehbooba Mufti criticise the actions and tweeted, “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.”
Bukhari did his Masters in Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University as a fellow of the Asian Centre for Journalism and was a recipient of the World Press Institute fellowship.
He also worked for The Hindu as the Kashmir Correspondent before starting the Rising Kashmir. He is survived by wife, parents and two children’s and had survived three assassination attempts on previous occasions.