Stand Up Comedian Munawar Farooqui has been arrested by the Indore Police. It is alleged that Munawar Farooqui made lewd comments on Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the comedy show held in Indore. The son of the BJP MLA lodged a case with the police regarding this, on which the police arrested Munawar Farooqui and four others.
What is the case?
36 year old Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of BJP’s local MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaur, along with his comrades, reached the audience in a comedy show organized on Friday in a cafe in 56 shop area of Indore city on Friday. Some comments made in the comedy show were opposed by Eklavya Singh Gaur and the program was halted. Later, along with video footage of the show, Eklavya lodged a complaint late Friday night against stand-up comedian Munawar Farooqui and four locals living in Junagadh, Gujarat, with a written complaint at the Tukoganj police station. These people arrested along with Munawar Farooqui.
Tukoganj police station in-charge Kamlesh Sharma said on Saturday that “all the five accused have been arrested”. According to the police, the four other people arrested along with Munawwar Farooqi from Junagadh include Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas and Nalin Yadav, who are local residents. The case is registered under the Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Legislation (intentionally malicious acts intended to hurt the religious sentiments of a class), Section 269 (Doing negligent acts which threatens to spread the infection of a deadly disease) and under other relevant provisions.
What complainant said?
Meanwhile, the BJP MLA’s son Eklavya said, “I and some of my colleagues went to the comedy show, where Farooqui was called as the chief comedian. The comedian mocked Hindu gods and goddesses making vulgar comments.” There was also improper mention of Godhra incident and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the program. He said, “All such objectionable things were going on in the comedy show. We made a video of them and stopped the show and took the audience out of the cafe. Then we caught the show’s comedians and organizers and took them to Tukoganj police station.”
Eklavya also alleged that at the time of Corona virus infection, the program organized without the permission of the administration and social distancing norms were also not followed. The organizers had placed at least 100 spectators in the small hall of the cafe. Eklavya is the convenor of a local organization called ‘Hind Rakshak’. Some media reports said that during the uproar in the cafe, the activists of the organization also beat up the comedian, but Eklavya denied the charge.