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Salman Rushdie Accuses Indian Police Of Lying About Assassination Threat

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Salman Rushdie believes his was lied to by Indian police
Salman Rushdie believes his was lied to by Indian police

Salman Rushdie has accused Indian police officials of lying about an alleged plot to assassinate him.

The writer - who has faced protests over his controversial 1988 book The Satanic Verses - cancelled his appearance at the Jaipur Literary Festival this month after he was told his life was threatened.

However, a report published by The Hindu newspaper suggests the plot was invented by cops to ensure Rushdie stayed away from the event, and the writer has now taken to Twitter to comment on the story.

He said: "'Rajasthan police invented plot to keep away Rushdie' I've investigated, & 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 (Indian authors) Hari (Kunzru), Amitava (Ghosh), Jeet (Thayil) and Ruchir (Joshi). Disgusting."

However Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that Rushdie's allegation is "baseless".

An official statement said: "A confirmed information about a threat to Mr Rushdie's life was shared by the Intelligence Bureau with the organisers of the festival. Such inputs had started to come even before the beginning of the event."

Whatever the truth, the audience at the festival appeared to be moving on from the controversy over the weekend after a rousing performance from US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.