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New Delhi:  A veteran journalist Shujaat bukhari was shot dead by three unidentified men on Thursday evening. Shujaat was in his fifties. Recently, he shifted from Keeri village of Pattan area of northern Kashmir and was currently lived on the outskirts of Srinagar. 

According to the sources, a CCTV footage released by the police, showed that three unidentified men who came on a bike, were waiting outside his office, fired on bukhari and killed him, when Bukhari came out of his Rising Kashmir office in press enclave for Iftar party. 

Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid said that along with Bukhari, the two of his security personnel (Abdul Hameed and Mumtaz Ahmad) were also shot dead. The shooters had also fled away with the security personnel weapons.

J&K police released the pictures and CCTV footage at midnight. In the footage it's clearly visible, all the three men had covered their face to hide their identity. Thus, police suspects that it would be a planned attack.

J&K police in an official statement said “In connection with the today’s attack at Srinagar’s Press enclave, police requested the general public to help in identifying the suspects for the purpose of the police investigation.”

“Any information pertaining to the suspects in the photographs should be submitted to Police Station Kothibagh on 9596770623 or PCR Srinagar on 9596222550, 9596222551, 01942477568 or Police Control Room Kashmir on ‘100’.

The police said that the name of persons providing any clue or information regarding the suspects will be kept confidential.

The last rituals of Shujaat bukhari were performed by his family on Friday at around 12.00pm in Baramulla, Jammu-Kashmir.

Shujaat was the editor in chief of Rising kashmir (English daily), Buland Kashmir(Urdu Daily), Parcham(Urdu weekly) and Sangarmal(Kashmir newspaper). He was the recipient of World Press Institute (WPI) USA fellowship and Asian Centre for Journalism Singapore fellowship. 

J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted “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…”.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “The killing of Rising Kashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family.”

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