Munawar Faruqui’s performance of Dongri To Nowhere, scheduled to take place tomorrow at Delhi’s Kedarnath Auditorium, has been cancelled by the Delhi Police. The show organisers had approached the Delhi Police licensing unit for permission to hold the show in Delhi’s central district. However, the show was ultimately cancelled.
In a letter addressed to Delhi Police Commissioner, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s regional president (Delhi) Surendra Kumar claimed that the comedian had “made fun of Hindu deities” because of which communal tension arose in Bhagya Nagar (Hyderabad). He went on to request the cancellation of Faruqui’s show, “otherwise, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal workers will protest.”
VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal also said that “Delhi police should immediately bar such persons from entering Delhi.” He went on to say that if Faruqui was allowed to enter Delhi, “Hindu society would be forced to protest.”
Munawar Faruqui’s Dongri To Nowhere India Tour has faced several hurdles now, with shows in Mumbai and Bengaluru also cancelled, while his Hyderabad show only took place with the help of 1,000 police personnel protecting the venue.