Bangalore, November 29 (IANS): The refusal by the police to authorize a show by stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, scheduled for Sunday in Bengaluru, has drawn criticism and disappointment from many social media users.
Bengaluru police refused permission, saying the show could create public order problems.
Ashoknagar Police wrote to organizers a day before the show claiming that Faruqui was a controversial figure and cited cases recorded against him in Indore, Madhya Pradesh and other states, claiming that many states had banned his shows.
The police also maintained that they had credible information that several organizations opposed the show, which could create chaos and disrupt public peace and harmony, leading to public order issues and, as a result, , the show should be canceled.
Faruqui tweeted: “Nafrat jeet hai, Artist haar gaya. I’m finished ! Bye ! INJUSTICE ”.
The police action has been criticized on social media, with Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor calling it a “deplorable act”.
Proceeds from Faruqui’s show were to be donated to an organization led by the late Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar, sources said.