Indian-origin writer Salman Rushdie (75) was stabbed to death in New York on Friday. According to witnesses, the assailant first punched Rushdie, who had gone to give a speech at an event, then stabbed him several times. Injured in the attack, Rushdie fell on stage. Security personnel rescued him from the assailant and he was sent to the hospital. The attacker has been arrested and is being questioned.
Prominent English writer Salman Rushdie (was Salman Rushdie) was fatally attacked during an event in West New York. News Agency AP gave this information. At the event, Associated Press reporters noticed that Rossi had stormed the stage at the Chautauqua Institute event. The attack happened when Rushdie was being introduced to the audience. The assailants started beating or killing them. After a while Rushdie fell to the floor and was taken away. Rushdie’s condition was not immediately known.
Rushdie came into controversy for his anti-Islamic comments in his 1988 book The Satanic Verses. A year later, in 1989, the then supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa for his assassination. Since then his life was in danger. He was protected by the British police during his long stay in Britain. He was living in America since 2000.
Salman Rushdie had arrived to address a program at the Chautauqua Institute. BBC quoted eyewitnesses as saying that when Salman was being introduced to Rushdie, a man ran on stage and attacked Rushdie with a knife. Immediately after the incident, the people present on the spot were seen running on the stage. People caught the attacker.
A reward of more than 3 million dollars has been offered to the person who killed Salman Rushdie in Iran. Rushdie was born in Mumbai. Rushdie, who grabbed headlines for his works like The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children, has also been awarded the Booker Prize. Rushdie has been targeted by extremists for his book ‘The Satanic Verses’. This book has been banned in Iran since 1988. A section of Muslims consider it responsible for blasphemy.