Jaipur: Two days after Salman Rushdie determined to skip the Jaipur Literature Festival citing threats from a Mumbai don, celebrated author Rushdie on Sunday slammed the Rajasthan police for supposedly inventing a plot to keep him away.
Rushdie tweeted that “I’ve investigated, and believe that I was indeed lied to. I am outraged and very angry. Don’t know who gave orders. And yes I guess the same police, who want to arrest Hari Kunzru, Amitava Kumar, Jeet Thayil and Ruchir Joshi. Disgusting.”
A grievance has been filed in Jaipur against four authors, who read from Rushdie’s banned book ‘Satanic Verses’ at the fragmentary Jaipur Literature Festival.
A Mohammad, SHO of Ashok Nagar police station said that “We received the complaint yesterday and are examining it. It is a complaint, and no FIR has been lodged so far.”
The author had dropped plans to attend the literature festival saying he was informed by intellect sources in Maharasthra and Rajasthan that paid hitmen from the Mumbai underworld will ‘eliminate’ him if he came to India.
Rushdie had articulated doubts about the accuracy of the intelligence but said in a statement that it would be irresponsible on his part to still attend the festival and put the lives of other authors and participants in danger.