Salman Rushdie withdraws from literary festival due to assassination threats

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Salman Rushdie withdraws from literary festival due to assassination threats

Jan 20 2012

Salman Rushdie has confirmed that he will not attend the Jaipur Literary Festival (India's largest literary festival) in person, saying that intelligence sources have warned of a planned assassination attempt.

The development comes after vice-chancellor of the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary, Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani, criticised Rushdie's planned visit, citing the novel The Satanic Verses, and saying a visit "would be adding salt to the injuries of Muslims. He has hurt our religious sentiments."

Update Jan 23: Rushdie now believes that he was lied to over the assassination plot. On Twitter this weekend he described himself as "outraged and very angry" after investigating the claims made in the Rajasthani newspaper, The Hindu, and finding that he had been lied to by Rajasthan police. The Rajasthan government has denied Rushdie's charge, calling it "baseless"

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