Kolkata bars Salman Rushdie visit

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 07:35 hrs

Author Salman Rushdie has been barred from visiting Kolkata to promote Midnight's Children, the film based on his book, has been cancelled at the last minute.

An event to promote the film had been scrapped. The author was also scheduled to drop in at a literary event at the Kolkata book fair.

Organisers said the police asked for a written guarantee that the author would not attend.

Reports said police told the organisers that if Rushdie came to the city he would be sent back immediately.

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