Srinagar: The green gate tells it all. It bears the marks of hundreds of rocks thrown by angry youngsters. And the house has not been spared either.
The house belongs to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the founder of National Conference and who is believed to have made the actual Faustian pact with New Delhi.
It is not for the first time that the house has been stoned. Local residents say that during the 2008 and 2010 uprisings, the house took a lot of stones but this time, the intensity is high.
Abdul Majeed, a resident, said the Sheikh had built the house in 1935. An English architect had designed the house. The Abdullah family moved to Nedous Hotel on MA Road and later to Gupkar.
The house according to locals was burnt down twice—in 1984 and 1990. The signs of the latter fire are visible in half the present structure, which has not been repaired. The security personnel live in the other, relatively intact, half.
Locals say the protesters use the house as a bait, to draw in the government forces, whenever they are not allowed to organise peaceful protest marches.
“They pelt the gate and the run-down structure with stones. The policemen guarding it retaliate but when it gets serious the police and CRPF rush to save the house,” said Majid, a resident.
Mohammad Maqbool, another resident, said, “Many hold Sheikh Abdullah and his family responsible for whatever is happening in Kashmir these days. These boys vent their anger on their house,” he said.