The veteran Kashmiri journalist, Shujaat Bukhari was killed in second assassination attempt within 24 hours, after reportedly, six gunmen failed to gun Mr. Bukhari down on 13 June 2018, a day before his killing, The Hindu reported.
According to the report, the police investigation suggested that Mr. Bukhari was chased by six men on two motorcycles around 7.15 p.m. on 13 June last year from Srinagar’s Press Enclave.
The report added that the assailants drove very close to the editor’s SUV, crossing the Kothi Bagh Police Station and Polo View.
According to investigators, assassins had planned to kill Mr. Bukhari on the wider stretch of road between Polo View with Doordarshan Road. However, the driver of Mr. Bukhari’s speeded the vehicle Hotel Sarovar Portico in Sonawar to attend an Iftaar party – and reportedly, gunmen failed in the attempt and ran towards Dalgate area.
“Contrary to the belief that three armed men on one motorcycle killed Bukhari, investigations suggest that two motorcycles were again stationed during Iftar near the Press Enclave to ensure the plot does not fail on June 14, around the same time it was attempted 24 hours ago,” report added.
Today, 14 June marks the first death anniversary of Mr. Bukhari.