(CNN) JaipurBritish author Salman Rushdie on Friday canceled his appearance at the Jaipur literary festival in India following warnings of threats to his life. "I have now been informed by intelligence sources in Maharashtra and Rajasthan that paid assassins from the Mumbai underworld may be on their way to Jaipur to 'eliminate' me," Rushdie said in a statement.

Rushdie rose to international notoriety with his 1980s novel, "The Satanic Verses," which stirred protests throughout the Muslim world. Rushdie lived under protection in Britain for nearly 10 years after a fatwa, a death sentence, was issued against him by Iran's then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini.

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