Members of the Shree Rajput Karni Sena flexed its muscle once again, vandalising mirrors in the palace of Rani Padmini in Chittorgarh Fort on Sunday evening because “it hurt public sentiment.”
The vandals entered the fort as tourists and broke the mirrors put by the Archaeological Survey of India by pelting stones on them.
Sena state president Mahipal Singh Makrana told HT that the reason behind this action was the failure of the administration to remove the mirrors after an ultimatum was given by the Rajput outfit 15 days ago.
According to officials of the Archaeological Survey of India, the mirrors were put up some 40 years ago in the Chittorgarh Fort.
“We had asked the administration to remove the mirrors as it distorts history by wrongly showing that Alauddin Khilji had watched the reflection of Rani Padmavati in them. The administration failed to take any action and that’s why we had to take matters into our hand,” said Makrana.
Makrana also said that the Sena had also asked the administration to remove a stone in the palace on which a detailed description is given about the incident when Alauddin saw the reflection of Rani Padmini.
In January, the Sena had roughed up filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Jaipur’s Jaigarh Fort and also vandalised the sets of the film Padmavati alleging that the movie distorted history by showing a romantic relationship between Alauddin Khilji and the Rajput queen.
The police are yet to arrest anyone in this regard although a case has been lodged in the Kotwali police station in Chittorgarh.
“We are currently investigating the matter and so far no one has been arrested. We have registered a case under the Rajasthan Monuments, Archaeological Sites and Antiquities Act, 1961 and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984,” said Omprakash, station house officer, Kotwali police station, Chittorgarh.
Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi told HT that the outfit had given multiple memorandums to the administration to remove the mirrors.
“When Alauddin attacked Chittor in the 13th century, glass was yet to come in India and thus this entire narrative of him seeing reflection of Rani Padmavati is fiction. We had asked the administration several times to remove the mirrors as it hurt public sentiment,” said Kalvi.