Comedian Munawar Faruqui was arrested on 1st January for allegedly “insulting” Home Minister, Amit Shah and Hindu deities.
While everyone was busying saying goodbye to 2020 and were welcoming 2021 with high hopes but for comedian Munawar Faruqui new years began on a terrible note. He was arrested on 1st January – purportedly for making indecent remarks against Hindu deities and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah during a show in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The Mumbai-based comic, along with four others was arrested after the show. The arrest took place when Eklavya Singh Gaur, the son of a local BJP MLA, an attendee of the show created a ‘Hungama’ and filed a complaint. Eklavya had attended Faruqui’s show and had an objection to his remarks. This all brought the show to an abrupt end.
Even as the police are not revealing anything about the ongoing investigation, it was heard that they have “no evidence against him for insulting Hindu god and goddess or Union Minister Amit Shah”. The videos that are submitted as evidence, according to the officials, are of another individual.
A tussle ensued at the comedy cafe in Indore, with the comedian reportedly being bullied up by members of the Hind Rakshak organization before the police could take him away. The story here gets a tad chaotic. While Faruqui remains detained and has been questioned several times, reports suggest otherwise. It is being said that he had never made the problematic comments in the first place.
This whole event seems to be backed up in favor of the comedian by social media remarks which were made by another event attendee. Jenosha Agnes an Instagram user took to the social media platform stating that things were being misconstrued.
Following the allegation and arrest, many well-known personalities have come out and shown support for Faruqui. The list includes fellow comedians such as Vir Das, also an actor and Rohan Joshi, Sacred Games actress Kubbra Sait, and even some politicians.
Varun Grover and many comedians shared a video where the comedian is trying to reason with Eklavya Singh Gaur. Comedian Kaneez Surka also shared the clip of Faruqui on Instagram. “Watch this, that’s all, and then share it,” Surka wrote.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor recently took to Twitter stating that the incident “shames us all”.