Why Comedian Munawar Faruqui’s Delhi Show Was Scrapped

New Delhi | Updated: 27 August, 2022 3:24 pm IST

Comedian Munawar Faruqui’s show at Delhi’s Civic Centre scheduled for August 28 has been scrapped.

The Delhi Police denied permission to Faruqui’s programme stating that the show could “disturb the communal harmony in the city”. The refusal comes after the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) cautioned Delhi Police and asked it to stop the event or else they would stage a protest on the street.

A copy of the police refusing permission to the show is in the possession of The New Indian. The police communiqué reads: “Dear organizer, you are hereby informed that the casual performance license issued from the office of Joint CP (licensing) on August 23, in the name of Gursimer Singh Rayat, to organize a comedy show at Dr SPM Civic Centre (Kedarnath Shahni Auditorium) on August 28 from 2 pm to 9 pm is cancelled on the basis of a report received from the jurisdictional police station Kamla Market on administrative grounds.”

Joint Commissioner of Police (licensing) OP Mishra told The New Indian that Munawar Faruqui’s event has been cancelled on the grounds of a report from the local police. It was stated in the report that “the event may disturb the communal harmony”.

On August 26, the VHP had written a letter to the Delhi Police and administration of Civic Centre to scrap the event. “Faruqui indulges in the insult of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in his shows. Due to one of his shows, there was a communal flare-up in Bhagya Nagar.”

In the letter, VHP also requested the police and administration that if the show isn’t stopped, VHP and Bajrang Dal will boycott the event and protest on the street.

After the Delhi Police refused to give its nod to the show, VHP’s spokesperson Vinod Bansal said: “Thanks for cancellation of anti-Hindu Munavar Faruqui show. Such persons should be booked under the law for spreading hatred and hurting Hindu sentiments.”

Sources said the central district police had submitted its report to the licensing unit of the Delhi Police on Friday.

Police sources said that the local police wrote to the licensing unit that no programme or show should affect communal harmony and if there’s any input stating that it would affect communal harmony, then the permission for the show should be denied.

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