A STATUE of slain dacoit Shiv Kumar alias Dadua, the installation of which has undergone rituals lasting 11 days, will finally be unveiled Sunday at a temple in Fatehpur’s Narsinghpur Kabraha village in the presence of PWD minister Shivpal Yadav.
“Two statues, of our mother and father, are already there and now statues of my brother and sister-in-law (Dadua’s wife Seema Devi) will be unveiled tomorrow. Minister Shivpal Yadav has agreed to attend the programme,” Balkumar Patel, Dadua’s brother and a former MP, told The Sunday Express.
UP’s dairy development minister Ram Murti Verma, too, had gone to the temple Saturday and interacted with Balkumar. The visit by Verma, an MLA from Ambedkar Nagar, is seen as an extension of support to his community of Kurmi, the caste Dadua belonged to as well.
When asked about permission to install the statue, Balkumar asserted “there is no need for any permission”. “The temple is on a private land and we are installing the statue.”
Sources informed the statues of Dadua and his wife, made of white marble from Jaipur, have arrived and are being kept inside a room on the temple premises. Construction work for the temple, which Dadua himself had initiated, was completed by his family members, which include, besides Balkumar, his son Ram Singh and Dadua’s son Veer Singh — both MLAs of the Samajwadi Party.
A native of Chitrakoot district, Dadua — famous as the “Veerappan of North” and one who held sway for over three decades over the Bundelkhand region — 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 Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, respectively. The then chief minister, Mayawati, had later announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for the STF team involved in the encounter.
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