Man who built mini Taj Mahal for his wife dies in hit-and-run

Man who built mini Taj Mahal for his wife dies in hit-and-run


Qadri sustained serious injuries on Thursday in a hit-and-run incident in Kesar Kalan.

Qadri’s relatives now plan to bury him alongside his wife, just the same way that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was laid beside Mumtaz. (Photo: Twitter)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • He had begun constructing his mini Taj Mahal in 2012
  • The couple got married in 1953
  • He could not complete it as he spent all his savings on the basic structure

Faizul Hasan Qadri, who hit headlines for building a ‘mini-Taj Mahal’ in memory of his late wife in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, has been killed in a road accident, police said on Saturday.

Qadri sustained serious injuries on Thursday in a hit-and-run incident in Kesar Kalan. The 83-year-old retired postmaster was admitted to hospital where he died on Friday.

He had begun constructing his mini Taj Mahal in 2012 in memory of Taja Mulli Bibi. The couple got married in 1953.

He could not complete his ‘monument of love’ as he spent all his savings on the basic structure.

After the news of the ‘Taj Mahal’ spread, then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav called Qadri to Lucknow and offered him money to complete the structure and get the marble work done.

Qadri politely declined the offer and asked the Samajwadi Party leader to establish a girls college in his village instead.

The college was constructed and Qadri even donated some of his land towards it.

His relatives said he had saved Rs two lakh and was set to buy marble from Jaipur to finish the structure when destiny intervened.

His relatives now plan to bury him alongside his wife, just the same way that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was laid beside Mumtaz.

His relatives said they will complete Qadri’s Taj Mahal in a grand manner. They have refused a post-mortem of his body.

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