A day after Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead, the Srinagar Police on Friday released pictures of three suspects who might have been involved in his murder.
According to the reports, the city’s police said they have been able to obtain photos from CCTV footage of the suspects likely to be involved in the attack which took place in the Press Colony.
The pictures show three men on a motorbike. The man, riding the bike, can be seen wearing a helmet, while one of the two pillion riders has got his face half-covered with a mask.
General public is requested to identify the suspects in pictures involved in today’s terror attack at press enclave.#ShujaatBukhari @JmuKmrPolice @spvaid @DIGCKRSGR @PoliceSgr pic.twitter.com/3cXM0CC8BD
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) June 14, 2018
Bukhari was killed on Thursday evening along with his two security guards as he boarded his car in the Press Enclave in Srinagar around 7.15 pm to reach home in time for Iftar.
According to reports, officials suspect that the Pakistani intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has a hand in Bukhari’s killing. Security agencies suspect that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists Naved Jat alias Abu Hanzula was involved in the attack on the journalist.
According to a report in Times of India, eyewitnesses on Thursday reported seeing four men riding on two separate motorcycles wearing helmets outside the office of Rising Kashmir near Lal Chowk at 7.30pm yesterday. The report added that according to the eyewitnesses, the two pillion riders fired indiscriminately at Bukhari along with his security officials.
Meanwhile, hundreds attended the funeral of the respected journalist in pouring rain in Baramulla. The sea of mourners, some hands holding umbrellas, followed the funeral procession in Kheeri, Bukhari’s hometown.
English newspaper ‘Rising Kashmir’ hit the stands this morning with its front page carrying a full-page photograph of its late editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari against a black background and a message that the paper would not be “cowed down” by the cowards.
“You left all too sudden but you will always be our leading light with your professional conviction and exemplary courage. We won’t be cowed down by the cowards who snatched you from us. We will uphold your principle of telling the truth howsoever unpleasant it may be…Rest in peace!” the message in the paper said.