Rushdie: Indian Cops Invented Threats

    Novelist Salman Rushdie pauses after a reporter's question during a tour of an exhibit of his papers at Emory University in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. Rushdie, who is in the middle of a five-year stint as a distinguished lecturer at the Atlanta university, has donated his personal papers to Emory's special collections library. The university has created an exhibit from the manuscripts, letters and photographs that will run through September. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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    This is starting to look like a Salman Rushdie novel filled with sinister religious plots and bumbling agencies. The author—who pulled out of the Jaipur Literature Festival in India after local authorities said assassins from the Muslim underworld were arriving to eliminate him—accused the Indian police on Sunday of fabricating the death threats to keep him away and avoid controversy. The latter didn't happen. “I’ve investigated, & believe that I was indeed lied to. I am outraged and very angry,” Rushdie tweeted. But the chief minister of the province, Ashok Gehlot, denied the fabrication, saying that it simply isn’t true. Maybe Rushdie’s next novel will be about a concocted plot to kill an author named Salman Rushdie.

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