Baramulla: Pro-freedom leaders, pro-India leaders, ministers, bureaucrats, judges, lawyers, journalists, police officers and thousands of commoners participated in the funeral prayers of journalist Shujaat Bukhari at his native village Kreeri in Baramulla on Friday.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, JKLF chief Yasin Malik, Chief Minister’s brother and tourism minister Tasadduq Mufti, High Court judge Justice AM Magaray, Advocate-General Jahangir Iqbal Ganai, DIG Muneer Khan, ministers Altaf Bukhari, Naeem Akhter, Imran Reza Ansari, Sajjad Ganie Lone, former ministers Taj Mohiuddin, Gulam Hassan Mir, Nasir Sogami, Nasir Aslam Wani, legislators Mohmmad Yousuf Tarigami, Hakeem Yaseen, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, PDP leader Wahid Rehman Parra, separatist leader Zafar Akbar Bhat, and many other political figures reached Kreeri village on Friday morning. They participated in the funeral prayers and offered condolences to the bereaved family.
People from Kreeri and adjoining areas had gathered at the Jinaz Gah to wait for the body. They offered funeral prayers before Bukhari was buried in his ancestral graveyard at Kreeri. His father, family members, and elder brother Basharat Bukhari, who is law minister in the state government, were present at the funeral.
Bukhari and his two personal security officers were shot dead by unknown gunmen on Thursday evening at Press Enclave in Lal Chowk.
Sources said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti along with some people reached Kreeri Friday morning and met the family of the slain journalist.
To avoid any untoward incident, a large number of police, army and CRPF troops were deployed in Kreeri and stood guard at every corner of the funeral ground.
Meanwhile, people from all walks of life including the doctors association, lawyers’ association, Baramulla Working Journalist Association (BWJA), journalists associations in Pattan, Tangmarg, Handwara, Kupwara, Bandipora and others condemned the killing of Bukhari.