The police have no video evidence against comedian Munawar Farooqui, who was arrested for making lewd comments on Hindu deities in a show. According to The Indian Express report, the Indore police said that they have no video evidence to show that stand-up comedian Munawar Farooqui insulted Hindu deities during the show at the cafe.
Munawar Farooqui was arrested on January 1 along with four others for insulting Hindu deities and union Home minister Amit Shah.
Town Inspector of Tukoganj police station, Kamlesh Sharma told The Indian Express that in the video submitted by the complainant, another comedian is seen joking about Lord Ganesha.
“There is no evidence against him (Munawar Farooqui) insulting Hindu gods or Home Minister Amit Shah.” says Kamlesh Sharma, Town Inspector.
Eyewitness told what happened that day
An eyewitness, Jeanosha Agnes, released a post on Instagram, describing what happened on the night of the show that day. She wrote, “As Munawar got the spotlight, a man with a political connection and some of his friends, who were seated in the audience, started moving towards the stage. I overheard the organizers saying ‘Sit there silently’, and the person with political connections started talking about ‘Mike Le Le'(take his Mike) and his religious feelings being hurt.
Agnes wrote that Munawar had not even started performing when the man came on stage. She further wrote, “In reality, he did not say anything objectionable. His jokes neither insulted Hinduism nor Islam. Munawar very politely explained that he never intended to hurt anyone and asked him to sit together and watch his show. Munawar handled the situation well. The crowd of ‘friends’ dispersed, some stayed there. “
Agnes told in the post that Munawar was keep saying his set was of him attending a wedding in Delhi, and did not make fun of any religion. She told that Munawar performed for a few minutes, when the crowd gathered outside and the show had to be canceled after the owner retreated.
She finally wrote again that in this show in Indore, Munawar Farooqui did not say anything objectionable or derogatory.
Arrested on complaint of son of BJP MLA
The police have registered a case on the complaint of Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of local BJP MLA Malini Singh Gaur and convenor of Hindu Raksha Sangathan. According to the ANI report, Gaur said while talking to the media,
“We were informed about Farooqui’s show in Indore. We reached there and saw that they were making fun of Hindu deities. We also recorded the video. We closed the show and asked people to leave. He did not seek permission for the show. He also violated social distancing rules. We took them to the police station and an FIR was lodged against the accused. “
Munawar Farooqui and four others have been sent to judicial custody till 13 January.