Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti broke down while condemning the brutal killing of the veteran Kashmiri journalist Syed Shujaat Bukhari on Thursday.
“What can I say. Only a few days ago he had come to meet me,” Mufti was quoted by Rising Kashmir, the newspaper Bukhari edited until his death.
Mufti on Thursday had tweeted expressing her shock at Bukhari’s tragic assassination along with his two Personal Security Officers. She had tweeted, “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.”
Meanwhile, the cops have also released the photo of a fourth man, believed to be a suspect in Bukhari’s murder case. The suspect is a bearded man in a white shirt. He was reportedly the first man to have opened the bullet ridden car of Bukhari to check on his well-being.
A report by PTI said that as someone pulled out one of the bodies from the car, the suspect was seen picking up a pistol and leaving. (See him in photo below).
Elsewhere, activist Shehla Rashid on Friday said that those attending Bukhari’s funerals wondered why anyone would kill him. “They believe this is the job of agencies, asking whythere was no police/CRPF there,” she concluded.
Shehla, who also hails from Kashmir tweeted, “Shujaat sahab’s funeral prayers will be offered in a while. He’s survived by a daughter (9th grade), a son (10th grade), and his wife. Everyone at the funeral wonders why anyone would kill him. They believe this is the job of agencies, asking why there was no police/CRPF there.”
Bukhari was assassinated just hours after he made his displeasure known to one A Ranganathan, who was a given a platform by a think tank group, ORF, to vilify the slain journalist in his absence.
Bukhari had written, “It is unfortunate that a credible think tank like
@orfonline should allow this diatribe in absence of the person referred to. In #Kashmir we have done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground. @samirsaran.”
It is unfortunate that a credible think tank like @orfonline should allow this diatribe in absence of the person referred to. In #Kashmir we have done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground. @samirsaran https://t.co/bGjajFT9yb
— Shujaat Bukhari (@bukharishujaat) June 14, 2018