Complaint against authors for reading from 'Satanic Verses'
A complaint has been filed, but no FIR has been lodged so far.
Jaipur: A complaint has been filed here against four authors who read from Salman Rushdie's banned book The Satanic Verses at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.
"We received the complaint yesterday and are examining it. It is a complaint and no FIR has been lodged so far," A Mohammad, SHO of Ashok Nagar police station, today said.
The complainant Ashok Kumar has demanded action against Hari Kunzru, Amitava Kumar, Jeet Thayil and Rushir Joshi for reading from the book on 20 January to protest against the cancellation of the India-born author's visit citing death threats.
Meanwhile, sources said that the four authors had left the festival. It was unclear whether they were in the city or not. The organisers had yesterday distanced themselves from the incident, saying the authors did not have the organizers' consent.
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