SRINAGAR Senior journalist and former editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Vardarajan on Friday termed inability of the authorities to identify the real assassinators of late Shujaat Bukhari as highly regrettable.
He called upon all the journalists within and outside Jammu and Kashmir to fight together for a fast track investigation for immediate identification of Shujaat Bukharis real assassinators.
Vardarajan was speaking at a function here to mark the death anniversary of the founder editor of Rising Kashmir and founder Kashmir Media Group (KMG) Syed Shujaat Bukhari. Veteran journalist Saeed Naqvi presided over the event attended by hundreds of friends, colleagues, academicians, journalists and students.
A book titled Kashmirs Thin Red Lines comprising of articles authored by Shujaat and compiled by his wife Dr Tahmeena Bukhari was released on the occasion. The review of the book was presented by senior journalist Aijaz-ul-Haq.
Addressing the function, Vardarajan said killing of two men by police cant be satisfying for those seeking probe into the killing of Shujaat Bukhari as even a chargesheet has not been filed by the authorities in this case.
While narrating his experiences of working with Shujaat Bukhari in The Hindu, Vardarajan said that late scribe was a highly skilled professional journalist and an editor who had the qualities of playing bigger role in restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
Saeed Naqvi shed light on the professional excellence and peace efforts of Syed Shujaat Bukhari. The host and father of the slain journalist, Prof Syed Rafi-u-Din Bukhari thanked the guests and the audience for their presence.
Shujaat Bukharis son Syed Tamheed Bukhari also spoke on the occasion.
Kashmir Media Group announced Shujaat Bukhari Award of Excellence for the three toppers of the mass communication pass outs of Kashmir University, Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora and Central University of Kashmir. All the three toppers were given gold medals.
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