BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Saturday, June 23, warned the journalists to ‘mend their ways’ before reporting on Kathua rape and murder case.  Lal Singh was holding the chair of Forest Minister in previous Jammu and Kashmir’s Mehbooba Mufti government. The statement came in the reference to the assassination of Journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Mr Singh was removed from his post in April after he attended a rally in support of rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua. The BJP leader, in a presser, said that Kashmiri journalists had created a wrong aura in the valley about the Kathua case.

In reference to the assassination of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari, Lal Singh said that Kashmiri journalists have drawn a line between what journalism you do and with what you have to live with. Do you have to live like what happened to Basharat, so that such a situation emerges?

BJP MLA’s statement was condemned by National Congress leader Omar Abdullah, saying dear journalists, “Your colleagues in Kashmir just got threatened by a BJP leader”. Omar also added that it seems like Shujaat’s death has turned a tool for goons to use to threaten people and journalist.

In a presser today,  J&K BJP MLA told reporters to mend the ways and draw a line to save brotherhood in the state. A few days ago, 3 bike-borne militants had killed the journalist Shujaat Bukhari, in Srinagar. The incident happened outside his house in Press Colony of Srinagar city.

As per reports, Bukhari was with his PSO guard, when his car was attacked. The 2 security officers had also got wounded in the incident. As per police reports, it was a planned attack as killers were waiting outside the building. Briefing the incident, J&K police, SP Vaid said that the Shujaat Bhukhari was killed around 7:30 pm when he was leaving for office. The 3 terrorists opened fire at the senior journalist and security guards in which he Shujaat Bhukhari died.


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