Updated: February 3, 2016 5:44:25 am
IN HIS life and times, his reign of terror continued for over two decades in the entire Bundelkhand region, including parts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Now, more than eight years after he was gunned, Shiv Kumar alias Dadua, the dreaded dacoit who was also known as the Veerappan of North, is set to “lord over” Fatehpur district where his son and Samajwadi Party MLA Veer Singh will be installing his statue in a temple.
The statue will be installed on February 4 kick-starting a week-long events and functions.
A native of Chitrakoot district, Dadua had more than 180 criminal cases pending against him when the UP Special Task Force gunned him down in an encounter in 2007. He carried rewards of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh from UP and MP, respectively. Then UP chief minister had announced a cash reward of another Rs 10 lakh for the STF team involved in the encounter.
Now, a temple that Dadua reportedly got constructed in Kabraha village under Dhata block of Fatehpur district, will house his statue along with that of his wife Seema Devi, father Ram Pyare and mother Krishna Devi.
“It is a matter of ‘Aastha’ (faith) for me. Every son wants to worship his father. My father is not alive so I am establishing his statue along with my mother, grandfather and grandmother. It is my personal effort and has nothing to do with party or people,” Veer Singh, the SP MLA from Chitrakoot, told The Indian Express.
He claimed to have sent invitations to SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav. He also claimed that the unveiling ceremony of the statues will be carried in presence of over one lakh people in a week-long event starting from February 4.
Veer Singh said that the statues are made of white marble brought from Jaipur and are nearly seven feet tall. “The temple where these statues will be unveiled was constructed by my father. It is a three-storey temple with idols of Lord Rama and Janki, Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman established on one floor each. Statues of my father and others are installed in a separate portion besides these but are part of the temple complex. We are making all arrangements on a large scale,” Veer Singh said, adding workers from Varanasi are constructing pandal with a capacity of 10,000 people.
He claimed that the functions will begin on February 4 with a ‘kalash yatra’ from Dhata block to Kabraha village covering nearly two kilometres. On February 6, there will be ‘bhajan sandhya’ by Anoop Jalota. Hindu seers will perform ‘Bhagwat Katha’ for 10 days from February 4 to 14.
“We have invited everyone in our area. Nearly one lakh people will attend the function. We will arrange special vehicles to ferry villagers. It is our wish and we are doing it on our expenses,” the SP MLA claimed .
Already labourers are filling potholes on roads leading to the temple and erecting barricades with proper light arrangements for the visitors.
Apart from Veer Singh, Dadua’s nephew Ram Singh is also an SP MLAs from Patti in Pratapgarh district). Dadua’s brother Bal Kumar Patel is a former MP.
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