LUCKNOW — A retired postmaster from Kaser Kalan in Bulandshahr district, Uttar Pradesh, Faizul Hasan Qadri, who hit headlines sometime back for building a ‘mini-Taj Mahal’ in memory of his late wife in Bulandshahr, has been killed in a road accident late on Thursday night.
He sustained serious injuries in the hit-and-run incident in Kesar Kalan and was admitted to hospital where he died on Friday. He was 83.
We can call him as modern day Shah Jahan as he followed the Mughal king in his own humble way and invested all his life savings in building mini Taj Mahal in memory of his deceased wife.
Qadri had begun constructing his Taj Mahal in 2012 in memory of Taja Mulli Bibi. The couple was married in 1953. He could not complete his ‘monument of love’ as he spent all his savings in the basic structure.
As the news of the new ‘Taj Mahal’ spread, the then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav summoned Qadri to Lucknow and offered him funds to complete the structure and get the marble work done.
But Qadri politely declined the offer and asked the Samajwadi Party leader to establish a girls inter-college in his village instead.
The college is up and running and even was donated some land by Qadri.
The former Postmaster had saved Rs two lakh and was set to purchase marble from Jaipur to end his edifice, but destiny intervened, according to his relatives.
His relatives now plan to bury him alongside his wife, just like Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was by his Mumtaz.
Qadri’s relative also vow to complete Qadri’s Taj Mahal in a grand manner.
The family has refused post-mortem of his body.
(With inputs from IANS)