Munawar Faruqui’s Bengaluru show cancelled after police write to organisers

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Comedian Munawar Faruqui’s show in Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru was cancelled on Sunday after the police wrote a letter to the venue organisers advising them against hosting a show by a “controversial figure”, India Today reported.

Previously, the comedian has already cancelled shows in Raipur, Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Goa, and Mumbai as Hindutva groups have constantly targeted him since he was arrested in January in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city.

Based on a complaint filed by the son of a Bharatiya Janata Party politician, the police had detained Faruqui before he started the show, as the complainant alleged that the comedian was going to make objectionable statements about Hindu gods. Four others were arrested along with him on the same charges.

On Saturday, the Bengaluru Police in their letter to the organisers of Faruqui’s show stated that Faruqui had made controversial statements about other religions’ gods.

“There is credible information that several organisations are opposing this stand-up comedy show… this could create chaos and could disturb public peace and harmony, which may further lead to law and order problems,” the letter stated. “It is suggested you cancel Munawar Faruqui’s show at Good Shepherd auditorium.”

Hindu Jagruti Samiti spokesperson Mohan Gowda also opposed the show, according to NDTV. He claimed that he had approached the police commissioner against the show.

“Munawar Faruqui has used derogatory remarks against Hindus in his show in Indore and other places,” he said. “He has hurt sentiments.”

Meanwhile, Faruqui said that the show was cancelled because the venue organisers had received threats of vandalism. Such threats, Faruqui claimed, had led to the cancellation of 12 shows over two months.

“Putting me in jail for the joke I never did to cancelling my shows, which has nothing problematic in it… this is unfair,” he said.

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