January 22nd, 2012
04:04 AM ET

Salman Rushdie: Police lied to me about threat to my life

Author Salman Rushdie now believes police lied to him about a threat to his life to keep him away from India's largest literary festival.

"Rajasthan police invented plot to keep away Rushdie' I've investigated, & believe that I was indeed lied to. I am outraged and very angry," the Mumbai-born author of "The Satanic Verses" said in a post on his verified Twitter account late Saturday.

A verified account is one which Twitter officials have confirmed as belonging to the person who claims to own it.

Rushdie then linked to a story in The Hindu newspaper, which attributed the information to "two highly placed police sources" that it did not name.

In response to a follower who asked the author who in the police force is to blame, Rushdie tweeted, "Don't know who gave orders. And yes I guess the same police who want to arrest Hari, Amitava, Jeet and Ruchir. Disgusting."

Rushdie was referring to Hari Kunzru, Amitava Kumar, Jeet Thayil and Ruchir Joshi - four writers who read excerpts from his banned book to protest his absence at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Friday.

At least one lawmaker has demanded the arrest of the writers who read from the book.

CNN was not able to reach Rushdie and it was seeking comment from Rajashthan police.

"The Satanic Verses" was released more than a quarter century ago, but it continues to hound the celebrated author.

Rushdie canceled his appearance at the festival after he was informed of objections from hard-line Muslims and a threat of assassination.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. ma & pa

    Lied to or not, he was wise to stay away. Time does not soften the true radical's hatred of free speech.

    January 22, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. uhadit

    It proves that the muslims of india are not to be blamed but the hindu coward police of rajasthan who lied are the real mischief mogers shame on such fanatic radical cowards hindus who are incapable of protecting individuals.

    January 22, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I know several contributors to this board who would say that if Rushdie had merely made a priority of Truth he could have gone anywhere without fear.
    Ah, Truth.
    If you would only read the books, study them daily, and live by them.

    January 22, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    It really doesn't matter which True book you read. They're all True.
    The Bible is True, and the Koran is True.
    I don't think that THE SATANIC VERSES was intended to be True, but it may be.
    There are other True books.

    January 22, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. CW Orange

    He should write another book, feature the prophets wives as harlots, and dedicate it to those police officials as being the prime cause of doing that. He also should release both the Satanic Verses and the new one as an audio file on the web that reads out the books in english, farsi, arabic, and urdu. Imagine the headbanger delight at that!

    January 22, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. CW Orange

    Sir Salman Rushdie should write childrens books featuring children who refuse to wear the islamic clothing, go to the mosque, and love parties with western children and their music. Those also should be audio books on the web in english, farsi, arabic, and urdu. The site should be mirrored by thousands of sites on the web so that nobody could censor it. If he must live in fear, he should gore that ox on a daily basis, and make the mullahs lives real interesting.

    January 22, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mohammad Farooqui

    He deserve ' No entry' in India because he has lost common sense.

    January 22, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    Censorship and burning of books where have we heard this before? Stifling freedom of speech,hmmmmm.

    January 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    ...I am leery of anything connected to "two highly placed police sources" that it did not name....

    January 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    Maybe he should stop wasting time in the steam room on Seinfeld episodes.

    January 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |