MAN WHO BUILT ‘MINI TAJ MAHAL’ FOR WIFE DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT
Faizul Hasan Qadri, the 83-year-old retired postmaster from Kaser Kalan in west Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr well known for constructing a mini ‘Taj Mahal’ in memory of his deceased wife, succumbed to injuries sustained in a road accident in the district late Thursday night.
According to his family, Qadri breathed his last 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 an unidentified vehicle hit him. I received information around 1am and rushed him to a local hospital and later to Aligarh, where he died around 11am on Friday. He had gotten injured two years ago as well after falling from his bicycle. Since then, he used a walker most of the time,” Mohammad Aslam, Qadri’s nephew, said.
Qadri had shot to fame for constructing a replica of the Taj Mahal adjacent to his house and donating his land for a government girl’s school.
Qadri’s wife Tajamulli Begum had died of throat cancer in December, 2011. The two had been married in 1953.The couple did not have any children. Qadri started the construction of a replica of the Taj Mahal after his wife’s death. He also buried his wife inside the structure and left a space alongside her grave where he had wished to be buried after his death.
“The family did not want the postmortem to be conducted,” Yogendra Singh, station house officer, Dibai police station, Bulandshahr, said.
■ Faizul Hasan Qadri.