Kolkata: Fringe Muslim groups have taken to the streets in Kolkata, protesting against author Salman Rushdie's visit to the city. The author cancelled a promotional event for the forthcoming film 'Midnight's Children'.
This came after the city police informed the organisers of protests planned against him. Rushdie, along with filmmaker Deepa Mehta and actor Rahul Bose, was supposed to promote the film at the Taj. The Kolkata Police claims that it hadn't asked organisers to stop Rushdie from attending and had offered security to Rushdie and the film crew.
The police claim that it was the organisers' decision to cancel the event. The film's publicity wing claims that Rushdie called off the event as he was tired of travelling.