Padmavati, we hang not just effigies: Man found hanging from Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort walls

A young man was found hanging off the parkot (parapet) of Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh fort. The death is being linked to the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film Padmavati.
This is because a charcoal graffiti on the wall next to the lifeless body said, “Padmavati, hum sirf putle nahi latkate (Padmavati, we hang not just effigies).” The words “Padmavati ka virodh (Protest against Padmavati)” were also found next to the body.
The Jaipur Police is investigating the case. It’s not clear whether it was a murder or a suicide.


Body found in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort, message claims link to Padmavati row

The body of a yet-to-be identified man was found hanging from Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort on Friday morning and a message written on a rock nearby suggested the death was linked to the row over the Bollywood movie Padmavati.

“We don’t just hang effigies. Padmavati”, said the message in Hindi, seen in images posted by news agency ANI.

It is yet to be determined whether the death was a murder or a suicide.

“It is early to comment on it as the matter is under investigation. The identity of the man, around 40-years-old, is yet to be ascertained,” Satyendra Singh, DCP Jaipur (North), told IANS


Padmavati protest: Body found hanging in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur; Karni Sena denies involvement

The body was found hanging from one of the corners of the historic fort that overlooks the city. ‘Padmavati Virodh (protest) was written next to the hanging body.

As per TV reports, the deceased has been identified as Chetan. His Aadhar card was found in one of the pockets. A police team has been sent to his residence for further investigation.

This comes only a day after the British Board of Film Certification (BBFC) certified Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati in the United Kingdom. Shri Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi had expressed disappointment in the BBFC’s decision and demanded a global ban on the film’s release.

Though the release of the film has been indefinitely postponed from 1 December, the protests continue. While protests are being held across the country against the release of the film that allegedly misappropriates historical facts, the latest development at Nahargarh sets a dangerous precedent.

Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh. It is co-produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.



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