Shujaat Bukhari, targeted for long

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/06/2018

Rising Kashmir proprietor and chief editor Shujaat Bukhari who was shot on Thursday night as he emerged from his office in Srinagar’s press colony and died shortly after, had two security guards flanking him who are critically injured. He has had police protection since an attack on him in 2000. In June 2006 while still a special correspondent of The Hindu, he was abducted at gunpoint in Srinagar but escaped although the kidnappers fired at him from close range. In this article for the Hoot in 2012 he had written about the vulnerability of journalists in Kashmir. In 2015 he gave this interview about the Kashmir Initiative Group he was part of and the intra-Kashmir dialogue he had helped initiate. More recently he brought a criminal defamation case against activist Madhu Kishwar for allegations she had made about him.

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An undertrial accused in the murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik in Tripura last year has apparently threatened a witness on whose statement the case hinges. This is the TSR jawan who witnessed the entire incident. The custodial trial in the case began last week. Bhowmick was shot dead last year in the TSR 2nd battalion HQ and four TSR personnel including the battalion commandant are implicated in the case. (UNI)                      

The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

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