Srinagar, June 18, :Chaharum of renowned journalist and owner of Daily Rising Kashmir Shujat Bukhari was observed on Monday at Kreeri in North Kashmir. People from different walks of life visited the residence of late Bukhari and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Shujhat Bukhari along with his two security guards were killed by unknown gunmen at Press Enclave Srinagar. He is survived by his wife and two kids. His killing was widely mourned by every section of the society including, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
A number of leaders affiliated with different political parties including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prof Saifuddin Soz, Dr Nirmal Singh, Dr Mehboob Beigh, special Indian representative Dineshwar Sharma and other visited the house of the deceased journalist and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families. Scores of people from journalist fraternity also visited Kreeri and offered special prayers in favour of departed soul.
A condolence meeting was also held in Press Club of India that was attended by renowned and senior journalists. The participants expressed shock over the killing of Bukhari.
An official handout said that thousands of people from different walks of life today visited the ancestral village of late Syed Shujaat Bukhari at Kreeri here to join the special prayers organized in connection with the Chaharum of the deceased journalist.
Former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha Member Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Union Minister, Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz, State Ministers, Legislators, members of judiciary, senior politicians, journalists, writers, representatives of various editor forums, lawyers, religious and civil society leaders, businessmen and representatives from other prominent sections of the society joined the special prayers for late Bukhari and expressed solidarity with the family including Syed Rafi-ud-Din Bukhari, Syed Basharat Bukhari and other family members.
Meanwhile, a condolence meeting was also organized by Jammu and Kashmir Adbi Markaz Kamraz under the chairmanship of the noted poet and litterateur Prof Rehman Rahi in connection with Rasm-e-Chaharum of Dr Syed Shujaat Bukhari at his native village Kreeri.
Meanwhile, journalists here in Press Enclave Srinagar staged a peaceful march to denounce the cold blooded murder of Shujhat Bukhari. The march started from Press Enclave and culminated at Clock Tower Srinagar. The participants in the march carried placards seeking punishment to the killers and safety and security for the journalists.