MAN WHO BUILT ‘MINI TAJ MA­HAL’ FOR WIFE DIES IN ROAD AC­CI­DENT

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram/delhi - Peeyush Khan­del­wal peeyush.khan­del­wal@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

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.

SAKIB ALI/HT

■ Faizul Hasan Qadri.

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