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Friday, Aug 23, 2019

Body found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort, with Padmavati message nearby

Padmavati link? The man has been identified as 40-year-old local trader Chetan Saini, who police said left his home on Thursday afternoon. Police are yet to determine if the death is murder or suicide.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2017 21:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
“We don’t just hang effigies. Padmavati,” says a message written on a rock nearby.
“We don’t just hang effigies. Padmavati,” says a message written on a rock nearby.(ANI/Twitter)

A 40-year-old man was found hanging from the parapet of Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur on Friday morning with charcoal scribble on stones linking the death to country-wide protests over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati.

Police said they have collected handwriting samples from the scribblings and sent them for forensic examination to find whether the victim, Chetan Kumar Saini, had written them before his death.

Police sources said the post-mortem had found anti-mortem injuries on his body suggesting he committed suicide. The final post mortem report will be submitted on Saturday. His body was cremated on Friday evening.

Jaipur (North) deputy commissioner of police, Satyendra Singh, said police received information about the body early Friday morning. Saini, who was in the business of manufacturing fashion and jewelley accessories, lives at his house in Nahari Ka Naka, a locality close to the fort.

Singh said Saini left home on Thursday afternoon and spoke to his wife around 5.30 pm, his last conversation with family.

The body of a 40-year-old local resident, Chetan Saini, was  found hanging at Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort.
The body of a 40-year-old local resident, Chetan Saini, was found hanging at Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort. ( ANI Twitter )

A relative, who was not willing to be quoted, said Saini left home on foot and called up his wife to tell her to keep his dinner ready as he will be back by 9.30 p.m. Saini was eldest of four brothers and had two children, both under 14 years.

The incident created a furore because of the writings on a rock next to where the man was found hanging.

It read: Padmavati ka virodh karne walo, hum sirf putle nahi latkate (You protesters against Padmavati, we don’t just hang effigies). The graffiti was in reference to effigies of film-maker Bhansali and film’s actors hung at the main entrance to the Chittorgarh Fort to protest the film.

Rajput organisations in Rajasthan have been protesting against the portrayal of Padmini’s character in the movie. As per locals, Padmini, who has a palace in Chittorgarh Fort, is said to be have walked into a fire to protect her honour when the king of Delhi Alauddin Khiliji attacked the fort.

There were other graffiti on rocks suggesting a communal angle to the case.

One of them read: Har kafir ka yah haal hoga (each infidel will meet this fate); Allah ke bande, hum mein hai dum (We are Allah’s men, we are powerful.) Chetan Tantrik was scribbled on some other rocks.

Police said that all the scribbles appeared to be by one person even as Saini’s family denied that he had anything to do with occult or tantra. Additional commissioner of police Prafful Kumar said the police were waiting for the post-mortem report to reach a conclusion.

“Our investigation is on. We are analysing his mobile phone and will try to get FSL handwriting report on priority,” he said.

First Published: Nov 24, 2017 12:00 IST

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