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Slapstick comic Munawar Faruqui’s arrest in Indore: A short timeline of what came about

Slapstick comic Munawar Faruqui and four friends were arrested on Friday (1 January, 2021) by the Indore Police following a complaint from Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of Indore BJP MLA Malini Gaur. Gaur complained that they had allegedly insulted Hindu deities all thru a comedy present and likewise cracked jokes about Home Minister Amit Shah. A neighborhood court rejected their bail pleas and sent them to judicial custody on Saturday.

The tournament became held at Cafe Monroe in Indore’s 56 Dukan predicament on Friday. “A case became filed gradual on Friday evening against Munawar Faruqui, a resident of Junagadh in Gujarat and four Indore-basically based entirely persons in accordance to a written complaint filed by Gaur,” Tukoganj police feature in-payment Kamlesh Sharma urged Firstpost. All of them were booked under IPC sections 295-A (outraging non secular emotions), 269 (unlawful or negligent act inclined to unfold the infection of any illness unhealthy to existence) and other associated provisions. Half 269 became invoked for allegedly ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols, the legitimate talked about.

Gaur urged newshounds that he and his company went to stare the present the put Faruqui became performing as the major comic. “The present mocked Hindu deities by passing gross comments. The Godhra incident and Shah were also talked about inappropriately. We shot a video and stopped the present by taking the target market out of the cafe,” Gaur has been quoted as announcing in a complete lot of media studies.

Firstpost reached out to a entire lot of people of the target market who were point out at Cafe Monroe on 1 January when the incident came about, who talked about that Munawar became now now not even allowed to begin up his present. “Munawar received to the stage, but the present never began. Munawar had barely spoken for seven minutes, when we were urged that the present will now now not happen and we were urged to leave,” one of many target market people, asking for anonymity, urged Firstpost.

Firstpost spoke to the police, Hind Rakshak Sangathan convenor and the complainant Eklavya Gaur, Munawar’s household and company and people of the target market to fragment together the events that transpired that evening. All target market people and Munawar’s company requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the article. Here’s what we stumbled on:

Early on Friday evening, a neighborhood of 70-odd followers of Munawar — a majority of them college college students — landed up at Cafe Monroe to focal level on their “bhai” mark. “It became a really diminutive room and it became packed. Tickets weren’t low-price, so of us who came were dedicated Munawar followers,” talked about one of many target market people, “It became shapely, but heartening to focal level on younger artistes getting such recognition in diminutive cities. And it became a houseful present.”

Cafe Monroe, the venue of the present as listed on, had arranged for seating outside the major cafe predicament. “It became a diminutive hall-have predicament. Imagine a diminutive lounge. Chairs were blueprint up very tightly and it became a planned tournament. The total lot became in its predicament when we arrived,” one other target market member talked about.

A couple of local media studies have quoted the house owners of the cafe denying any knowledge of the tournament going down there. Firstpost tried contacting the house owners of the cafe for his or her sing, but they refused to be in contact to the media. The fragment will seemingly be updated as diminutive print become available.

The present became scheduled to begin up at 4 pm. By 4.15 pm, basically based entirely on respect-focal level on accounts, two friends of Munawar — Nalin Yadav and Prakhar Vyas — opened the present with their act. Nalin and Prakhar, each budding comedians, were arrested along with Munawar on 1 January. The three target market people to whom this reporter spoke to described their blueprint as “very harmless” and “non-non secular” in nature.

“After 10-15 minutes, Munawar walked in but as quickly as he took the mic, one other man came up on the stage, took the mic from Munawar’s fingers and fasten an arm authoritatively spherical his shoulders. We concept this became section of the act. He became Eklavya Singh Gaur,” the target market member confirmed.

Thirty-six-one year-outdated Gaur, is the son of local BJP MLA and the mayor of Indore Malini Laxman Singh Gaur. Gaur will be the convenor of the local outfit Hind Rakshak Sangathan. Malini has been the mayor of Indore for 15 years. The local body polls were scheduled to be held now now not too long previously, but were deferred in December, attributable to the continuing pandemic.

In response to eyewitness accounts, a neighborhood of six or seven of us had accompanied Gaur. Whereas others remained amid the target market, Gaur took to the stage, took the mic of Munawar’s fingers and addressed the target market:

Ye Munawar Faruqui hai, ye shows karta hai, humare devi devtaon ka mazaaq udata hai aur tum log (pointing to the target market) paise deke iska present dekhne aate ho, tumhe sharam nahi aati?”

At this level a complete lot of people of the target market identified that Gaur became relating to an outdated video that Munawar had released four months previously, all thru the lockdown. The actual video has been taken down after trusty-fly groups threatened Munawar. Study out the video right here.

The target market replied strongly to Gaur. “We urged him that we came to hear to Munawar and now now not him. We didn’t pay cash to hear to you,” talked about one other member of the target market.

Firstpost also accessed a complete lot of clips of video photographs shot by the target market at the tournament which corroborated eyewitness accounts. Within the video, Gaur is heard announcing, “Ye humesha bolta hai. Aaj major bolunga.”

When a scuffle became coming near between the target market and Gaur, Munawar stepped in, talked about one of many target market people. “He became well mannered. He calmed the target market down first. He promised us a honest present and urged us ‘Baith jaiye. Unko bolne dijiye. We are capable of have a honest present. Aap beech mein mat bolo. But aap log bhi baat karenge toh time smash hoga’. And the target market abided,” one of many target market people confirmed.

What followed became a dialogue between Munawar and Gaur. Here is a short transcript of it in accordance to videos accessed by Firstpost:

Munawar: Valuable kisi ko target nahi karta hoon, sir. Mere jokes hain islam pe bhi, mere jokes hain triple talaq pe. Valuable lekin ye nahi keh raha ki major kisi bhi dharm ka mazaaq uda sakta hoon
Gaur interrupts and says:  Aapne apne “Mohammad” par kuch bola hai?
Munawar:  Aap meri baat sun lijiye poori..
Audience: Sir.. let him get first. Unko kehne dijiye. Aapne apni baat kahi. Ab unki suniye
Gaur: Aapne banaya bhi toh mujhe nahi fark padta hai.. Aap bhagwan ke naam pe nahi bana sakte
Commotion amongst the target market continues — Gaur continues to be in contact but inaudibly
Munawar: Mujhe remorseful about hua us video ke baad kyuki aath roz tak meri ma ko, meri behenon ko loss of life aur rape threats ayen. Valuable ghar se bahar nahi nikla. Outrage chal raha tha. Mujhe laga major arrest ho jaunga

Gaur interrupts but it’s inaudible. Munawar says, “Solar lijiye meri baat. Mujhe 10 min de dijiye.”

Munawar: Ten days after the video, I released a clarification video. Aur major bahut socha aur fir samjha ki har ki threshold alag hoti hai. Video ke end mein major bola hai that the blueprint became now now not to be troubled sentiments, the blueprint became to manufacture all americans laugh. Maine maafi maangi hai, apne shayad dekhi na ho video. Jahan tak Godhra ke shaggy dog yarn ki baat hai, Sir mera ghar jala tha 2002 mein. Valuable Junagarh mein tha. (Audience claps. Munawar silences them) Valuable aapko vo shaggy dog yarn fir se sunata hoon… Aapko agar bura lagta hai toh major maafi mangunga…

Gaur interrupts: Suno suno.. Yahan target market mein kisiko fark padta hai ki nahi mujhe pata nahi, mujhe fark padta hai. Aap yahan ye wada kariye, ki devi devtaon ko leke koi bhi mazaq — kisi bhi religion ka ho — nahi karenge.

Audience interrupts and there’s a soft commotion. Munawar tries to quieten the target market and says Guys, we are capable of have a honest present. Turns to Gaur and says, “Aap baitheyi. Aap yahan se hans ke jayenge. Aapko thens nahi pahuchegi. Sabka faith alag hota hai. Sab alag se react karte hain.”

Gaur:  Mera faith alag hai, aap mere faith ka mazaq nahi uda sakte. Hum yahan present break karne ya jhagra karne nahi aye hain

Audience continues to interrupt Gaur, whereas Munawar tells them to take a seat down down and be affected person.

Munawar: Sir, aap bahut izzat aur abroo ke saath aye hain. Internet pe toh ma, behen ki gaali milti hai
Gaur: Comedy ke naam pe kuch bhi karoge hum bardasht nahi karenge. (Takes the mic) Aap freedom of expression ka bahana deke kuch bhi aap bolenge, but humara freedom of expression nahi hai ki humein pasand nahi hai ye shaggy dog yarn?

The audio in the video after this level is now now not very sure, but Gaur is viewed leaving the stage and on his manner out. “We concept all the pieces became shapely and that the present would resume. Munawar started his blueprint with the shaggy dog yarn about how he would refund our cash and a buddy’s marriage ceremony in Delhi. There became no religion even talked about. It became barely five or seven minutes into the present that we heard a loud commotion outside,” talked about a member of the target market.

Eyewitnesses recounted that a neighborhood of males, at the least 10 or 12, had gathered outside the cafe and raised slogans against Munawar and the present organisers. Gaur and his friends had left the venue and they were too ready outside. “One amongst the of us from unhurried the curtain came, quite shaken, and urged us that the present might per chance well now now not be going down and that now we must always leave,” the target market member confirmed.

But the target market wouldn’t leave without Munawar. “All of us know what happens in such eventualities. We wished Munawar bhai to be stable,” talked about the 18-one year-outdated who became point out at the tournament. “We determined to leave with Munawar in the middle, in verbalize that nobody might per chance well hurt him.”

In response to the target market, they flanked Munawar from all facets and began walking out of the one exit gate that went thru the cafe. “What followed became grisly. We had barely reached the doorways, when goons and gundas started yelling at us and began pushing us support all thru the cafe. The entrance is extremely slim, there became a stampede-have plot back and what became worse became they started beating all americans,” talked about the target market member.

Younger college college students, who had come for an evening of stress-free and laughter, received slapped, thrashed and a few had their glasses and phones broken. Firstpost accessed videos that confirmed males attacking people of the target market and pushing them out of the cafe. “I seen it with my occupy eyes. There became no need for it. We were leaving. There were 70 of us. How get you get out so rapid? But there became divulge commotion. Folks were thrashed and bruised and we realised we must silent speed on legend of they might per chance well honest now now not end at one thing else,” an target market member confirmed.

Eyewitnesses talked about Munawar and his friends, along with Gaur and his aides, remained all thru the cafe whereas the people from the target market were urged to leave. “We waited outside when we seen the police officers come in. That’s when we left.”

Social media erupted the next day to come (2 January) as studies of Munawar’s arrest started pouring in. A couple of social media users took to Instagram and Twitter and narrated what came about at the cafe.

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“We were appalled at the misinformation. There were no non secular jokes. Gaur and Munawar had a short discussion in entrance of the target market. Munawar became well mannered and handled the plot back very correctly. Me and my most attention-grabbing friend left as quickly as the organisers urged us to leave, on legend of we were afraid,” talked about one other member of the target market.

“He is a serial perpetrator. He has done this earlier than and he’s silent doing it. We’ve got talked about that in the FIR but the complaint is against the first Jan present,” Eklavya Singh Gaur urged Firstpost. In response to Gaur, when he received to needless to yell Munawar is holding a present in Indore, he and his friends purchased tickets and went to the tournament as people of the target market. “Some of our of us were outside also. And as anticipated, they were mocking our gods and goddesses. There were jokes on Ganesh and Karthik, a mockery of Indian culture. So, we stopped the present and we urged the target market to leave. And then filed the FIR.”

In response to Gaur, even art has its barriers. “I became a theatre artist too. I know the importance of art. Par humour ke naam pe aap maryada langhte jayenge aur ye attach a matter to karenge ki sab pach jayega, vo nahi chalega. Har cheez ki ek restrict hoti hai, vo restrict ko koi unfriendly karega toh, hum action toh karenge.”

When urged that the videos from the tournament introduced a totally different image, Gaur talked about, “Mazaq uda tha. Humne apni videos police ko diye hain.

On the opposite hand, town inspector of Tukaganj Police Space Kamlesh Sharma became quoted as announcing by The Indian Categorical, “There’s no proof against him for insulting Hindu deities or Union Minister Amit Shah,” he talked about. He talked about the 2 videos submitted by the complainant are of one other comic with him allegedly cracking jokes on Lord Ganesh.

Talking to Firstpost, Sharma talked about, “All of the accused are silent in judicial custody. We are investigating the case. We’ve got seized pen drives and laborious drives and we are having a search for into the matter.” The inspector did now not specify when the police seized the objects and from the put. “Within the starting put, the complaint became made on one video. Now, now we have stumbled on plenty of self-discipline matter that we are having a search for into to focal level on if the allegations are upright.” Denying the Categorical listing, Sharma asked, “Agar proof nahi hota toh court judicial custody mein kyu bhejti? And the case is under investigation.”

Sharma confirms that the FIR is against the first January tournament held at the Cafe Munroe, the put basically based entirely on eyewitness accounts and videos from the venue, no non secular jokes were cracked.

Munawar hails from Gujarat, but lives in Mumbai. “Munawar’s a long way away relative in Indore is our most attention-grabbing contact in the metropolis aside from the lawyer. Every other most attention-grabbing friend who went to shock Munawar at present also received arrested and overwhelmed by the police,” alleged Munawar’s most attention-grabbing friend and budding comic Saad Sheikh. In response to Munawar’s household, the police didn’t even divulge them concerning the arrest. “We received to understand when a neighbour seen a video,” Munawar’s aunt, who has raised him since his of us handed away, urged Firstpost.

“Due to COVID-19, we aren’t allowed to time desk bigger than 100 shows a one year. And the shows are diminutive. Munawar had events in Indore, Bhopal, Raipur, Patna, Guwahati and Kolkata. I received calls from these venues who’re too afraid to host the present. Some talked about they had been threatened too. We incurred an absence of at the least Rs 3-4 lakh. All of the shows are cancelled,” one of many tour people urged Firstpost.

As of newsletter date, Munawar is silent in judicial custody in Indore and the bail plea hearing is at 3 pm the next day to come (fifth January). In response to Saad, Munawar would must always attach all of this unhurried him and return to his household.

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