‘Stop The Cabaret Show Or We Will’: VHP’s Ultimatum to Chhattisgarh Government

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  • Chhattisgarh’s right-wing have opposed the show of stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui.
  • Leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal demanded that the show must be cancelled or the outfits will step in.
  • Raipur collector Saurabh Kumar said the request was being processed.

Raipur: Right-wing groups in Chhattisgarh have spoken out against stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui’s upcoming gig on November 14th, threatening to cancel it if the local authority permits it. On Monday, leaders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal met with senior police officers and urged that the event be cancelled if the outfits go on the offensive.

According to Santosh Chaudhary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal and the VHP made a written appeal to the Raipur Collector and Superintendent of Police, requesting that the show not be allowed in Raipur because Faruqui has disrespected Hindu deities in the past. “In the past, Faruqui ridiculed our gods, and anti-Hindu persons like him should not be permitted in the capital.” “And if the administration permits it, it will be the government’s obligation because the programme that we have been running on our own will come to an end,” Chaudhary explained. The Raipur program’s organiser, Mohammad Inam, claimed his application was now being processed by the administration.

The request had been processed, according to Raipur collector Saurabh Kumar. “For the show that is now in production, we have received a request for approval.” The organisers have also requested security for the performance, which will be held in a hotel. “The request has been filed to the police for approval,” Kumar added. In January of this year, police in Madhya Pradesh arrested Faruqui, a native of Gujarat’s Junagadh, and others who were performing at a New Year’s Eve event in an Indore cafe when a group of right-wing activists stormed in and caused a ruckus. He was jailed on January 1st for allegedly breaking religious emotions and the Covid-19 standards, but was released in February on the Supremacy Court’s order.

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