Police arrest suspect in Shujaat Bukhari murder case

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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.

A renowned editor and journalist, Bukhari, was mercilessly killed by three to four gunmen, pumping rain of bullets at him and his two security guards.

Terming the killing of Shujaat Bukhari as an assault on moderation, sanity and the very essence of democracy, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah sought a speedy probe into the killing and said the Government must ensure that the culprits are brought to justice as soon as possible. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. "My deepest condolences to his family", Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

He was in the vehicle when he was attacked and gunned down by terrorists.

Bukhari wrote for the BBC at the time that journalists in Kashmir "had to work on a razor's edge in what is effectively the world's most heavily militarised zone".

Recalling Bukhari's standing as a veteran journalist, the Governor described his murder as a big loss to the media fraternity.

The Editors Guild of India condemned the "dastardly attack" on Shujaat Bukhari, calling it a "new low".

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"I'm anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir". Thousands of friends and admirers braved heavy rain to mourn the journalist, who had championed peace in times of conflict and may have been killed for it.

He was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed shock.

Journalists in Kashmir have worked under tremendous stress and have been targeted in the past, some fatally, by both the Indian state and militant groups.

The Press Club of India also "strongly condemned" the killing in the holy month of Ramadan and said that "forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley had silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace". "The intermittent killings and attacks have been adding to the crisis in which the media was barely surviving", said the KEG.

"When I leave the house and enter the market I always look back to see who is following my auto", Mr Bhukhari told me previous year.

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