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Rushdie skips city;demonstrators still wave black flags

Posted on Jan 31, 10:57AM | UNI

Kolkata, Jan 30 : A group of people waved black flags and shouted slogans in front of the domestic terminal of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport this morning apprehending the visit of controversial author Salman Rushdie.

They were protesting against the author's intended visit to Kolkata to attend the 37th Kolkata Book Fair to promote a film based on his best selling book 'Midnight's Children'.

However, the visit was cancelled at the last moment following objections by the state government.

Rushdie, who authored the controversial 'Satanic Verses', was to visit the fair on Melan Mela ground on EM bypass. He was also scheduled to address the media at a city hotel.

When told by the police that Rushdie's visit had been cancelled, the demonstrators, numbering about 150, wanted some 'proof'.

The Airport Authority of India's official then spoke to the demonstrators and confirmed the cancellation of his visit following which they left.