JLF set to begin amid tight security

JLF set to begin amid tight security

JLF set to begin amid tight security

The eleventh edition of Jaipur Literature Festival is all set to begin from Thursday amid tight security owing to the threats issued by Rajput Karni Sena over the release of movie 'Padmaavat'.

A team of senior police officials on Tuesday visited, Diggi Palace, the venue for the festival. Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal has assured the organisers that the fest will go hassle. "More than 500 security personnels will be deployed at the venue. We are doing an assessment of threats given to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi and screen play writer Javed Akhtar to find out the quantum and kind of security needed for them at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF)" Sanjay Agarwal , Police Commissioner of Jaipur said.

A few days ago Shree Rajput Karni Sena had threatened that they will not let Prasoon Joshi enter the venue. As per the organisers Prasoon Joshi has not pulled out from the festival "We haven't heard from him or his office. As of now he is coming to Jaipur and will attend the festival as per the previous schedule", Sonjoy Roy organiser of JLF told DH.

Joshi is a regular participant at JLF and always pulls crowd through his sessions, he will speak at a session 'Main Aur Woh' on January 28 (Sunday), the fourth day of the festival, which witnesses a huge footfall every year.

Featuring more than 240 authors the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 will be a culmination of diverse literary, artistic, and discursive forms that will feature Indian and global perspectives. Popular authors including Sir Tom Stoppard, the great British playwright, Instagram phenomenon Rupi Kaur, author of a book of poetry for short attention spans, Michael Ondaatje,  Peter Bergen, travel writer Pico Iyer and many more.

The Festival will also witness former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus and award-winning investigative journalist Michael Rezendes. Interestingly from Bollywood, noted actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and film maker Anurag Kashyp will also enthrall the audience.

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