Salman Rushdie has pulled out of a literary festival in India after receiving death threats from a mafia gang based in Mumbai.
The writer was also warned to stay away from the festival in Jaipur by Muslim clerics, who had urged the authorities to ban him from the country.
He says he made the decision to pull out of the event because it would have been "irresponsible" to have made the planned appearance.
Rushdie withdrew after he was shown intelligence reports from security services in Mumbai and Rajasthan which revealed a possible plot on his life involving multiple assassins.
The author of the Satanic Verses had stayed quiet as the controversy over his visit deepened but he has now issued a statement.
"I have been informed by intelligence sources in Maharashtra and Rajasthan that paid assassins from the Mumbai underworld may be on their way to Jaipur to 'eliminate' me. Read More