The body of a 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.
The man has been identified as Chetan Saini, a 40-year-old local resident, who ran a jewellery and handicrafts business from home. Saini left home on Thursday afternoon and last spoke to his wife at 5.30 pm, a police officer said.
An investigation is on to find out whether it was suicide or murder, said Satyendra Singh, DCP Jaipur (North).
Singh said there were things written in Hindi on the rocks nearby, which are linked to Padmavati. “We will probe whose hand writing it is and who has written it,” he said.
Padmavati tells the story of queen Padmini, who is said to have killed herself to avoid being captured by Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji. Outfits such as the Shri Rajput Karni Sena are angry over a rumoured depiction of a romance between Padmini and Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh.
The film’s release was put off last Sunday in the face of the protests.