Shujaat Bukhari was shot in a brutal way on Thursday evening outside his office in Srinagar. It was a close-range shot which killed not only him but his two security officers too.
He stepped out from his office to head home when the killers massacred the innocent journalist.
Thanks to technology, CCTV footage has been recovered with three attackers on a motorcycle with one wearing a helmet and the two others hiding behind masks. Guns were clearly in sight!
“Today at about 7:30 pm when he was coming out of his office and boarding his car, three terrorists, who had come on a motorcycle, opened fire. Two of his PSOs (personal security officers) was also hit… They were shot before they could react,” Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid said.
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The worst part was the time chosen was iftaar, which during Eid is to breakfast. At the iftaar time, many rush home and thus no one will notice their devilish moves.
A CCTV grab, released by the police, shows the three attackers on a motorcycle.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti consoled the family of the journalist and was seeing crying herself.”It’s very difficult to believe. He came to meet me just a few days ago,” she said.
The Editors Guild of India to the Press Club issued a sentimental and an urgent statement which vibrated throughout India!
“An attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir… The Guild calls upon the Centre to take necessary steps to ensure a situation where the media can discharge its duties without any fear of violence,” the statement read.
Shujaat will be the voice of journalism and freedom for Kashmir’s for the rest of time!