'Padmavati' threats escalate as body found hanging

After open death threats, a man found hanging at Nahargarh Fort with anti-Padmavati slogans

Padmavati: Body found near Jaipur fort linked to film protest

A body was found hanging on the ramparts of Jaipur's Nahargarh Fort on Friday, with a threat note engraved on the rocks in protest of the movie "Padmavati". An investigation is on to find out whether it was suicide or murder. Everyone in the neighbourhood recalls Chetan as an obedient, sincere, introvert and peaceful man, and refutes the possibility that such messages could be written by him. The words "Padmavati ka virodh (Protest against Padmavati)" were also found next to the body.

As per the report, the chief of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, has condemned the incident. "The identity of the man, around 40-years-old, is yet to be ascertained", Satyendra Singh, DCP Jaipur (North), told IANS.

Interestingly, each message mentioned Padmavati.

The note on the rock said, "We don't burn effigies, we kill".

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In related news, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared Padmavati for screening in cinemas in United Kingdom with a 12A rating. Graffiti was found near the hanging body in the fort that read, "Padmavati, hum sirf putle nahi latkate" (Padmavati, we don't just hang effigies). But protests have continued and some states, including Rajasthan and the central state of Madhya Pradesh, have said they won't allow the film's screening in theatres.

The Deepika Padukone-starrer Sanjay Leela Bhansali film has since the very beginning been in the eye of controversy.

An India Today report has said the threats inscribed on the stones near the crime scene are targeted towards the protestors of Padmavati and not the makers of the film.

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