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Friday, January 20, 2012

Salmon Rushdie, 'Satanic Verses' author pulls out of literary festival over death threats

British author Salman Rushdie on Friday canceled his appearance at the Jaipur literary festival in India following warnings of threats to his life.

"I have now 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," Rushdie said in a statement.

"While I have some doubts about the accuracy of this intelligence, it would be irresponsible of me to come to the festival in such circumstances; irresponsible to my family, to the festival audience, and to my fellow writers. I will therefore not travel to Jaipur as planned."

Rushdie, who was born in Mumbai, India, in 1947, has faced threats before. Read More