SRINAGAR, India: Thousands of mourners gathered Friday for the funeral of a veteran journalist shot dead by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike outside his office in the main city of Indian Kashmir.
Shujaat Bukhari, a leading journalist and editor of the English-language daily Rising Kashmir, was leaving his office in Srinagar on Thursday evening when three assailants roared up and fired several shots from close range.
Bukhari, 50, was rushed to hospital but was later declared dead. Two of his personal security guards also died.
Bukhari, who was given police protection following three attacks on him in the past decade, had been a strong advocate of peace in Kashmir.
Bukhari took part in informal peace talks on Kashmir with Pakistani representatives in Dubai last year.
His final tweet sent just a few hours before his murder was a link to his website´s reporting of the UN human rights chief calling for a major investigation into human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir.
The murder has been condemned by political leaders who hailed Bukhari as a fearless and courageous journalist.
“Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat’s killing. That too, on the eve of Eid. We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace. Justice will be done,” tweeted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.