Police Foil Media Protest On Shujaat Death Anniversary

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SRINAGAR — Police on Friday foiled a protest by local journalists in the Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar on the first death anniversary of noted Kashmiri editor Shujaat Bukhari. 

Local journalists and social activists assembled outside the civil secretariat here to protest against the death of prominent Kashmiri editor Shujaat Bukhari on this day last year. 

The protesters were carrying placards demanding justice for the family of the slain editor.

 Police intercepted the protest march and prevented the demonstrators from assembling outside the civil secretariat that houses the offices of top state government officials. 

Some journalists said police personnel misbehaved with them and asked them to board a police van so that they could be taken to the nearest police station. 

Police said that Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) is currently in force in the city under which an assembly of five or more persons is deemed as unlawful. 

Shujaat Bukhari and his two security guards were brutally murdered on June 14, 2018, outside the office of his English daily ‘Rising Kashmir’ in the press enclave area of uptown Srinagar. 

The police has maintained that three terrorists had murdered the editor outside his office, but there has been no official disclosure so far about the motive behind the gruesome murder. 

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that the founding editor of English daily Rising Kashmir was a well wisher of Kashmiri people. 

“Remembering dear Shujaat Bukhari on his first death anniversary, a courageous man an influential journalist, an exceptional human being and above all a well wisher of his people,” the Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter. 

“What beautiful souls we lost to this conflict! May Allah grant him highest standards in Jannah,Ameen!” 

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah also paid tributes to the noted journalist. 

PDP chief and former J&K chief minister said Shujaat “wasn’t just a brilliant journalist but a true peacenik who bravely embarked on a crusade for peace only to be martyred for his beliefs. His legacy lives on in his children.”

JKPM chief Dr Shah Faesal highlighted Shujaat’s contributions in the evolution and promotion of journalism in the state. 

Shah Faesal said that “martyrdom of Shujat Bukhari was a great loss to Kashmir and Kashmir might never get such a powerful spokesman again.”

Several other separatist and mainstream leaders also paid tributes to  Shujaat on his first death anniversary.

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