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Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui denied for Delhi performance, ‘will affect harmony’ says cops

Munawar Faruqui Show: Earlier this week, Vishwa Hindu Parishad also wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora, demanding cancellation of Munawar Faruqui's show and said that VHP and Bajrang Dal activists would if the show was not cancelled.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Licensing Unit of Delhi Police has refused permission for stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui’s show in the national capital. The show was supposed to happen on Sunday. Earlier the Central District Police had written a report to the unit, stating that “the show will affect communal harmony in the area.”

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Vishwa Hindu Parishad had threatened to protest
At the same time, earlier this week, Vishwa Hindu Parishad also wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora, demanding cancellation of Munawwar Farooqui’s show and said that VHP and Bajrang Dal workers will protest if the show is not cancelled.

The licensing unit denied the permission after the local central district police sent a report stating that “the show will affect communal harmony in the area.”, sources reported.

A week before the cancellation of the Delhi show, Bengaluru Police also denied permission to Munawwar Farooqui’s show ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ in the Karnataka capital, which was scheduled to take place on August 20. Police had said that the Bengaluru event was canceled as the organizers did not take permission to organize it in the city.

As per sources, the VHP in its letter alleged that “Communal tension arose in Bhagyanagar because of Munawar’s jokes on Hindu Gods.”

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It declared that members of the VHP and Bajrang Dal would hold protests if the show is not cancelled.

Last Saturday, Munawar Faruqui hosted a standup comedy show in Hyderabad amidst tight security. Nearly 50 people reached the premises and all of them were taken into preventive custody, sources reported the police a.s saying

The Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar had called for boycotting the show alleging that Faruqui mocked Hindu Gods.

Earlier, Faruqui’s show in Bengaluru was cancelled by the city police for the second time as they said that organisers had not taken prior permission to hold the event.

On January 1 this year, Faruqui and four others were arrested by Madhya Pradesh police after a complaint by Eklavya Singh Gaud, son of BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaud who alleged that objectionable remarks were made about Hindu deities as well as Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a comedy show at a cafe in Indore on New Year’s Day.

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Munawar was later released on bail.

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