Srinagar, June 15: Hundreds of people attended the last rites ceremony of senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily “Rising Kashmir” Shujat Bhukhari in his ancestral hometown of Kheeri in Baramulla district.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, local journalists and other members from all sections of the society made their presence at the funeral.
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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also among the mourners in Kheeri.
Mohammed Syed, a longtime friend of Bukhari described the latter as a “good human being”. He also could not digest the fact that he was no more.
He told ANI, “I have been associated with Mr. Bukhari for long. He joined Kashmir Times as a junior when I was there. In no time, he mastered the craft of writing and acted as a team man. He used to share his views with others. He has gone way ahead in his profession.”
The senior journalist went to say that he was dedicated and efficient in his profession.
Recalling the invitation Bukhari had extended, Syed stated, “He called me a few days back to attend a programme to mark the 10th anniversary of his newspaper (Rising Kashmir). I attended that ceremony. Little did I realise that it was my last meeting with him.”
Three motorcycle-borne terrorists killed Shujaat and two of his security guards as he boarded his car in the Press Enclave in Srinagar at around 7.15 p.m. on Wednesday to reach home in time for iftar.