Author Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed multiple times at an event in New York on Friday, has been put on a ventilator, according to his book agent Andrew Wylie. The venue, where the 75-year-old author was stabbed, is facing scrutiny over the security arrangements put in place for the literary event.

Western New York's Chautauqua institute had rejected recommendations for basic security measures, such as bag checks and metal detectors, fearing that would create a divide between speakers and the audience, sources close to the institute told CNN.

There were no security searches or metal detectors at the event, a person who witnessed the attack told CNN on the condition of anonymity.

The institute is yet to respond to the

allegations that the venue lacked basic security measures, especially when Rushdie, a high-profile author, was scheduled to attend the literary festival.

The Chautauqua Institution, where the attack took place, is located about 55 miles southwest of Buffalo in a rural corner of New York and the event is usually a pleasant affair. But on Friday, members of the audience screamed as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old from New Jersey, stabbed Rushdie in the neck.

“I could just see his fists sort of pounding on Salman,” a witness told the New York Times.

However, it is unclear whether tight security measures would have prevented the attack inside the venue and the police officials are yet to ascertain the motive behind the attack.
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