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'Padmavati' controversy: Body of man found hanging at Naharagarh Fort

25 November 2017

Amid the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati, a body was found hanging in Rajasthan's Nahargarh Fort on Friday, with slogans against the movie scribbled on stones nearby.

The police said said it was not clear if it was a case of murder or suicide.

A note was also seen scribbled on the rocks was also seen.

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Karni Sena has threatened Bhansali and the protagonist, Deepika Padukoine, with violence.

Police in Jaipur said they were finding out whether the 40-year-old man's death - his body was found on the outer walls of the Nahargarh Fort - had anything to do with the "Padmavati" row.

According to News18, Rajput Karni Sena, the organisation which is at the forefront of anti-Padmavati protests, has denied the involvement of their outfit in the happening.

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The deceased has been identified as Chetan, a resident of Jaipur's Shastri Nagar from the Aadhaar card found in his pocket. Another message mention that they (the ones who have hanged the body) do not hang effigies.

In related news, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared Padmavati for screening in cinemas in United Kingdom with a 12A rating. "Padmavati ka virodh karne walo, hum kile ke sirf putlay nehi latkaate (To those opposing Padmavati, we don't just hang effigies from forts)", says the inscription on another of the stones.

The protest against Padmavati has intensified after Karni Sena issued threats of chopping off actress Deepika Padukone's nose if the film would be released.

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The film Padmavati tells the story of a 14th-Century Hindu queen belonging to the high Rajput caste and the Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.

'Padmavati' controversy: Body of man found hanging at Naharagarh Fort