Renowned journalist and editor-in-chief of Rising KashmirShujaat Bukhari was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Srinagar's Press Colony.
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". "He was a courageous and fearless journalist", he added. Extremely shocked and pained.
Syed Shujaat Bukhari, editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, was leaving his office in the city center of Srinagar when he was shot by three assailants on motorbikes, Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiyaz Ismail told Reuters. "My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family". At the time of the attack, he was accompanied by his driver and personal security officer.
Pro-independence youth fighting Indian rule of Kashmir as well as government forces have been accused in the past of abducting, attacking and threatening journalists. "My deepest condolences to his family", Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.
Groups fighting for independence of Kashmir have rejected the brief "ceasefire".
Waseem Ahmad, a local journalist, told Reuters that he heard gunfire ringing out and, reaching the location, found Bukhari and his two guards lying in a pool of blood in their auto.
"Assassination of #ShujaatBukhari is a brutal attack on freedom of press".
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he was "deeply saddened" to learn about the "dastardly killing" of the veteran journalist.
The Press Club of India strongly condemned veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari's killing.
In the last hours before his death, Bukhari had tweeted about the United Nations report on human rights violations in Kashmir and India's rejection of the contents of the report.
National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav said, "Shocked to hear about d attack on d Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar". He was instrumental in organising several conferences for Kashmir peace.