Jaipur Litfest: Ashok Gehlot rubbishes Rushdie's claim

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Allahabad, Jan 22: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday, Jan 22 rebutted famous British novelist Salman Rushdie's accusation that police thought of a supposed death threat to keep him away from the Jaipur Literature Festival.

CM Gehlot said that, "It is not true. The government had made all arrangements for his security because it was our duty. If we get an advisory from the centre (central government) about a threat to the life of a certain person then we have to make the arrangements for his security."

"But if there is some threat to his life due to anger among a group of people and if feel that could affect law and order, then we have to see as it is a popular festival," he added.

Moreover, Rushdie on Sunday, Jan 22 tweeted: "I've investigated, and believe I was indeed lied to. I am outraged and very angry." but Rajasthan cops has denied to make any comments into the issue.

Rushdie's 1988 book "The Satanic Verses", which is banned in India, is still seen by many Muslims worldwide as a profane work that insults their religion. Earlier, on Jan 20, famous British novelist Salman Rushdie had cancelled his visit to the literary festival due to security reasons.

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