‘Missing print of Raza painting taken away by his nephew’
The police on Wednesday said that a print of a work by Sayed Haider Raza, which went missing from the Kakaiya government primary school in Mandla district, was taken by one of the painter’s nephews.bhopal Updated: Oct 02, 2016 20:27 IST
The police on Wednesday said that a print of a work by Sayed Haider Raza, which went missing from the Kakaiya government primary school in Mandla district, was taken by one of the painter’s nephews.
Raza had visited Kakaiya — where he spent his childhood — in the winter of 2006, gifting the school with an autographed print of one of his bindu paintings, worth lakhs. He had also given the school an album and a book. After Raza’s death on July 23, Kakaiya villagers found that the print was missing from the school. After making inquiries, then principal of the school Ramakant Dubey informed villagers and later the police that the print had been taken away by one of Raza’s relatives four years ago.
“In our investigation, the police have found the claim of then principal is true. The painting had been taken back by Raza’s nephew. A police team will go to meet him and try to know whether he took the print of Raza’s direction or on his own accord. A criminal case will be registered only after that,” Mandla SP Rahul Kumar Lodha said.
An official from the Raza Foundation, requesting anonymity, said criminal action should be taken against the nephew as the Padma Vibhushan awardee had gifted the print to motivate other students of the school.
“In 2008, Raza had broken all relations with his three nephews because of some personal issues. After that, he never met them. However, they had attended his funeral in Mandla,” the official said.