Shujaat Bukhari Defended Journalism, Human Rights In Last Twitter Posts

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Dr Shujaat Bukhari was veteran Journalist of Jammu & Kashmir was presently Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir, a Srinagar-based newspaper. Witnesses said Bukhari died on the spot while the assailants fled immediately.

India's Interior Minister Rajnath Singh described him as a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked and pained. "One of his two police bodyguards also died in the attack", a top police officer told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

People carry the body of Syed Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir daily newspaper, who was killed by unidentified gunmen outside his office in Srinagar, June 14, 2018. "My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family". A security guard protecting him and his driver were also shot.

"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". My condolences to his family.

Waseem Ahmad, a local journalist, told Reuters that he heard gunfire ringing out and, reaching the location, found Bukhari and his two guards lying in a pool of blood in their vehicle.

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Pro-independence youth fighting Indian rule of Kashmir as well as government forces have been accused in the past of abducting, attacking and threatening journalists.

Hours before he fell to the bullets of unidentified gunmen, Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari had vigorously defended his work on Twitter when some Delhi-based journalists accused him of doing "biased" reportage on Kashmir, and had posted the United Nations report on alleged human rights violations in the Valley.

Bukhari, who earlier worked as The Hindu's Kashmir correspondent, was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Valley.

The killing came hours after the UN's human rights office called for an independent inquiry into human rights violations in both parts of Kashmir, run respectively by India and Pakistan.

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