Shujaat Bukhari, the prominent journalist in Jammu and Kashmir, was gunned down outside his office in Sringara on Thursday. He was on his way to an Iftar party when three men came on a bike and started firing on Bukhari’s car.In the brazen attack, Bukhari along with the two security personnel were killed. Last in the evening, the police released the CCTV footage that showed the three attacks.While the one riding the bike was wearing a black helmet, the second was hiding his face and the third was wearing a black mask. The image also shows the second pillion rider carrying a bag, which probably had the guns used in the attack. So far, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the dastardly act.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 UN report on alleged human rights violations in the Valley.One of his last tweets read: “First-ever @UNHumanRights report on #Kashmir calls for #international inquiry into multiple violations”.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.” As the news of his cold-blooded killing spread, social media reacted with surprise and disgust about the cowardly act as politicians, journalists and common people expressed their condolences and condemnation at the barbaric act.Bukhari was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley. He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.(With inputs from PTI)
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