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Shujaat Bukhari sought increased security few days before his killing: Ex-Raw chief

Shujaat Bukhari sought increased security few days before his killing: Ex-Raw chief
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LONDON: Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead in Srinagar last week, had approached chief minister Mehbooba Mufti only a few days ago for increased security, former RAW chief AS Dulat said on Monday.

Bukhari, the editor-in-chief of the daily ‘Rising Kashmir‘, was shot dead outside his office in Srinagar on June 14. Two police officers provided to him as personal bodyguards were also killed in the attack. The government has blamed militants based in Kashmir for the killings.

“He (Bukhari) had warned repeatedly of alienation, increased militancy and all pervasive fear in which no one was safe,” Dulat, who arrived here last week, said in a statement.

Bukhari was the most committed votary of dialogue as the only way out, he said. “He was a gem of a human being and a friend; possibly the brightest journalist in the Valley with a great future,” he added.

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