New Delhi: Despite huge protests from various Muslim organisations over the visit of Salman Rushdie to the Jaipur Literature Festival, the author is in all likelihood to land in Delhi on Thursday and attend the event in the Pink City.

According to the Home Ministry, Rushdie after landing at the IGI airport in Delhi would travel by road to reach Jaipur.

Keeping in mind the possible outrage of SIMI and hardline Muslim community against the visit of Salman Rushdie, the Centre has issued an advisory asking Delhi and Rajasthan police to take all precautionary measures and provide security arrangements.

According to highly placed sources, the government reportedly persuaded the organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival to ask Rushdie to call off his visit in order to avoid any communal disturbance in face of protests and Assembly elections in five states, but the author seemed firm on his visit plan.

As Salman Rushdie is a card holder of Person of Indian Origin, he, however cannot be stopped from coming to India, a top official of the Home Ministry said.

Rushdie had landed in the crosshairs of Islamic hardliners for his controversial book "The Satanic Verses", published in 1988, for "alleged blasphemy" against Prophet Mohammed.

(JPN/ Bureau)