VHP writes to Delhi Police: 'Cancel Munawar Faruqui's show or…'

Updated on Aug 25, 2022 08:39 PM IST

In the letter, VHP Delhi unit chief Surendra Kumar Gupta said Faruqui is slated to perform at the Kedarnath Stadium in Delhi's Civic Centre on August 28.

Munawar Faruqui has seen several shows cancelled across the country under sustained pressure from self-styled vigilantes.
Munawar Faruqui has seen several shows cancelled across the country under sustained pressure from self-styled vigilantes.
By, New Delhi

Days after stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui’s show was cancelled in Bengaluru, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) wrote to the Delhi Police seeking the cancellation of his show scheduled for August 28. It said the workers of the VHP and Bajrang Dal will hold a protest if the show is not cancelled.

In the letter, VHP Delhi unit chief Surendra Kumar Gupta said Faruqui is slated to perform at the Kedarnath Stadium in Delhi's Civic Centre on August 28.

“This individual mocks Hindu gods and goddesses in his show. As a result of this, communal tensions were triggered in Bhagya Nagar. We urge you to immediately cancel this show, or else, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists will oppose the show and hold protests against the same,” the letter, written in Hindi, read.

Faruqui’s Bengaluru show cancelled

Faruqui was to perform in Bengaluru when the city police denied permission for the same scheduled for August 19. However, the day before the show, he said that it had been cancelled due to health reasons.

This was the second time that Faruqui's show has been called off in Bengaluru -- the first time in November last year.

However, his show in Hyderabad last week was a success despite threats from right-wing groups.

Faruqui was jailed for over a month earlier this year after a show at the Munro café in Madhya Pradesh's Indore.

Faruqui has been accused of hurting religious sentiments in his comedy shows and has had multiple shows in various cities cancelled. At one point, he had at least 12 of his shows cancelled within a span of two months due to threats from right-wing groups.

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