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January 23, 2012

Rushdie: ‘I was lied to over assassination plot’

23.01.12 | Benedicte Page and Katie Allen

Salman Rushdie has expressed his “outrage” following a report in The Hindu that claims that his personal safety would be under threat if he attended the Jaipur Literary Festival were invented by Rajasthan police.

Rushdie withdrew from the Festival last week, saying he had been informed by intelligence sources in Maharashtra and Rajasthan that paid assassins from the Mumbai underworld might be heading to Jaipur to attack him.

“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,” he said, in a statement announcing his withdrawal from the event.

But on Twitter this weekend he described himself as “outraged and very angry” after investigating the claims made in The Hindu and finding that he had been lied to by Rajasthan police. The Rajasthan government has denied Rushdie’s charge, calling it “baseless”, according to a BBC report.

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