New Delhi, Nov 24: Amid the raging controversy over the upcoming film ‘Padmavati’, a body was on Friday found hanging at Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort main gate. The body was hanging 200 m above the ground.Also Read - 32 Vials of Covaxin Stolen From Jaipur Hospital Amid Alleged Vaccine Shortage in Rajasthan
According to CNN-News18 and ANI, two stones found near the body have a couple of lines written in Hindi, which read, “Padmavati ka virodh. Hum putle nahi jalaate hain, hum maarte hain‘ (Protest against ‘Padmavati’. We don’t burn effigies, we kill).” But there is no independent confirmation if the dead body found at Nahargarh fort is related to the anti-‘Padmavati’ protests. Also Read - Rajasthan Govt Imposes Night Curfew In Jaipur, Ajmer and 8 Other Cities Till April 30 As COVID Cases Soar
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Meanwhile, Karni Sena, which has been leading the protests against ‘Padmavati’, has condemned the incident and termed it unfortunate. (Also Read: History of Nahargarh Fort Where Dead Body Was Found Hanging And Anti-Padmavati Messages Scribbled) According to reports, the deceased has been identified as 40-year-old Chetan Kumar Saini.
Earlier on Thursday, the movie has been cleared by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) without any cuts, but the producers say they are not planning to release the film without the Indian censor board’s go-ahead.
‘Padmavati’, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali of distorting history.
Historians are divided on whether Padmini actually existed. She finds mention in the 16th century epic poem “Padmavat”. Earlier scheduled to be released in cinema halls on December 1, the makers of the movie have postponed its release date for an indefinite period.