Srinagar: A Kashmiri poet Ghulam Muhammad Butt lost his home and life’s work of 20 books as the Indian forces destroyed his house with mortar shelling during a violent crackdown operation in Balhama-Khonmoh area of Srinagar outskirts on Thursday night.
Bodies of three youth, Rasiq Nabi Butt, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, and PaK born Abu Hamas were recovered from the ruins of the destroyed house.
Now all that is left of the two-story house built by Ghulam Muhammad Butt’s father in 1967 are a few standing walls pockmarked with bullet holes and soot and piles of broken bricks.
Looking around with an expression of deep hurt and agony, the poet Ghulam Muhammad Butt cries not for the home he lost but for the poetry he had written over the course of the last 30 years and was consumed by the Indian mortar shells.
“Houses can be rebuilt. I have lost my life’s treasure, my poetry of past 30 years,” he said. “With the first light of the day, I was not bothered about the damage to my house, but tried hard to find whether any of my poetic contribution could be saved. But what I found was that all my life’s hard work had turned into ashes,” he added.
The gunfight had begun on Thursday after militants attacked the policemen guarding BJP leader Anwar Khan.
At least four residential houses were severely damaged in the operation. Two of them belonged to Ghulam Mohammad Bhat and others to Mohammad Yousuf Bhat and Ghulam Mohi-ud-din.