A show by standup comedian Munawar Faruqui, which was scheduled to take place in Goa’s capital of Panaji on Monday, has been cancelled after threats from Hindutva group.
Earlier, the organisers had also cancelled the Raipur, Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Mumbai shows of Faruqui who is being hounded by Hindutva groups.
The Hindu Janjagriti Samiti told the Goa’s saffron party led government that Faruqui should not be allowed to perform, alleging that Faruqui “has made vulgar jokes about Hindu gods.”
LVC Comedy Club, the organiser of the event, said 500 people had threatened to set themselves on fire if the show was allowed to take place.
“Post talking to the local police there is not much that can be done to avoid an incident of this nature. So this show won’t be happening on Monday. It was two sold out shows, but well,” the club said.
Hindutva groups have constantly targeted Faruqui since he was arbitrary arrested in January in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city based on a complaint filed by the son of a Bharatiya Janata Party politician.