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Vijender Singh extends support to Munawar Faruqui over stand-up comic’s ‘hate won, artist lost’ post

The Bangalore police cancelled Munawar Faruqui’s stand up show as the police cited law and order and called Faruqui a ‘controversial figure’.

Faruqui spent a month in jail earlier this year on allegedly, ‘insulting Hindu gods and goddesses’ in one of his standup comedy shows that is been constantly targeted by rightwing groups. His shows were subsequently cancelled in Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai and Raipur.

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Faruqui’s show was scheduled on Sunday titled ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ said in a social media post, ‘hate won, the artist has lost’, check the post here:

Taking to Twitter, Vijender Singh posted a tweet supporting Munawar Faruqui with ‘I stand with #MunawarFaruqui’

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The tweet has gained over 9.6k likes and 1.6k retweets till now. Other than Vijender Singh, many other popular stand-up comedians stepped up in support of Munawar Faruqui like Kunal Kamra, Varun Grover, Aditi Mittal, and actor Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and actress Swara Bhaskar.

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Sidharth Dash who is one of the organizers of the show said it got cancelled after they received threats and the police didn’t permit them to host the event anymore. Dash said that they were planning to host the show and they were planning to give a part of the revenue to Shaktidhama which is a women’s rehabilitation centre that was associated with late Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar. They were in touch with the actor’s team and were disappointed when the show had to be pulled off abruptly because of the police, he added.

According to a news report of PTI, a police inspector has stated that several organisations in the city opposed Munawar Faruqui’s show in the city. The inspector stated in the letter that many states have banned his shows and a case has been registered against him in the Tukoji police station, Indore. The police also added that the orders came from higher officials to cancel this event.

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Faruqui’s 12 stand-up shows were cancelled in 2 months, after his heart-breaking post, many fans asked him not to stop doing shows. The show sold almost 600 tickets which were cancelled due to ‘threats of vandalism’.

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