Uttar Pradesh: Man who built mini Taj Mahal for deceased wife, dead in road accident

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] retired postmaster, Faizul Hasan Qadri, 83, from Kaser Kalan in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district who shot to fame for constructing a mini ‘Taj Mahal’ in memory of his deceased wife, succumbed to injuries after a road accident in Bulandshahr late on Thursday night.

Qadri had also donated his land for a government girl’s school, which is now fully constructed, adjacent to the structure.

According to his family, Qadri passed away at a private hospital in Aligarh where he was taken after being hit by an unidentified vehicle outside his house in Kaser Kalan village.

“He was taking a walk outside his house around 10.30pm on Thursday when some unidentified vehicle hit him. He was lying injured and I received information around 1am. I rushed him to a local hospital and later to Aligarh where he died around 11am on Friday. He got injured two years back as well after he had fallen from his bicycle and thereafter used a walker most of the time,” Mohammad Aslam, Qadri’s nephew, told Hindustan Times.

Qadri’s wife Tajamulli Begum died due to throat cancer in December, 2011 after being married married since 1953. In her memory, Qadri started constructing a replica of the Taj Mahal and buried her inside the structure leaving a space alongside her grave where he wished to be buried after his death. But in February, 2014 he ran out of finances, yet vowed to complete the structure from his pension savings.

In 2015 Qadri was called by then UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to Lucknow where the latter politely turned down financial assistance Yadav had offered for completing the structure. “He had instead requested for the construction of a government-run girls’ inter college for which he later donated his four bighas of land. The school is now completed. He had saved nearly Rs 2 lakh and was about to go with me to Jaipur for purchasing marble stone which he wanted to be studded to his mini Taj Mahal to make it look like the original one in Agra,” Aslam said.

For the construction, Qadri had sold a piece of his agricultural land besides his wife’s jewellery. Now, Qadri’s nephew is keen to fulfil his uncle’s wishes. “The family did not want the postmortem to be conducted,” Yogendra Singh, SHO, Dibai police station, Bulandshahr, said.