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RIP Shujaat Bukhari: Thousands attend funeral as Kashmir journalist laid to rest

Shujaat Bukhari was laid to rest in his ancestral village as thousands of mourners attended his funeral amidst heavy rain. Bukhari was known for appreciating peace dialogues and believed in a political solution to Kashmir conflict. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

People attend the funeral procession of 'Rising Kashmir' editor Shujaat Bukhari at Kreeri, some 40 kms north of Srinagar. J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted that the "scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid." She said she was “shocked and deeply saddened” by Bukhari’s “sudden demise” and that she “strongly condemn this act of mindless violence and pray for his soul to rest in peace”. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

Relatives of Syed Shujaat Bukhari, the editor-in-chief of local newspaper "Rising Kashmir", who was killed by unidentified gunmen outside his office in Srinagar. (Photo: Reuters)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

Relatives of Shujaat Bukhari, slain editor-in-chief of the Srinagar based English language daily newspaper Rising Kashmir, mourn near his coffin during a funeral procession at Kreeri, 40 Kilometres (25 miles) from Srinagar (AP Photo)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

Wife of Syed Shujaat Bukhari, the editor-in-chief of local newspaper 'Rising Kashmir', who was killed by unidentified gunmen outside his office. (Photo: Reuters)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

Bukhari had been targeted in the past as well. In June 2006, he was abducted by unknown gunmen from Srinagar’s Residency Road and bundled into an auto-rickshaw. After travelling a few kilometres, the abductors pushed him out of the moving vehicle and tried to open fire on him. Their pistol didn’t work and Bukhari survived (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

People attending the funeral of Syed Shujaat Bukhari. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

Relatives mourn the killing of veteran journalist of Bukhari, who always stood for a political solution for Kashmir situation. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Shujaad Bukhari's wife mourning the loss. The veteran journalist is survived by his wife and two children. (Express Photo by shuaib Masoodi)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

Amnesty India called Bukhari a “brave and outspoken voice for justice and equality in Jammu and Kashmir” in a tweet. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah said: “Even in the last tweet he put out he was defending himself, his colleagues & his profession. He died in the line of duty doing what he did best & loved doing — journalism.” (AP Photo)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted that the killing was a “brutal attack on freedom of press”. He said the country’s “fearless media” is one of the “greatest strength” of India’s democracy and “we are committed to provide a safe and conducive working environment to media persons”. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Thousands attend funeral as journalist Shujaat Bukhari laid to rest

Bukhari was active in literary circles and was the president of ‘Adbee Markaz Kamraz’, the Valley’s oldest and biggest cultural and literary body, for two years. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)