Munawar Faruqui performs show in Hyderabad, 50 people taken into preventive custody

HYDERABAD: Around 50 people were taken into preventive custody when they reached the venue of a show by stand-up comedian

Munawar Faruqui

here on Saturday evening which otherwise went on peacefully. Amid a call by BJP MLA T

Raja Singh

who said the show should be cancelled, police ensured tight security arrangements at the venue in Madhapur here.

Nearly 50 people reached the

premises

and all of them were taken into preventive custody, police said. The show that went on for 1.5 hours passed off peacefully, they said.

Singh, the MLA from

Goshamahal

in the city, was on Friday taken into preventive custody by the police here when he tried to reach the venue.

Known for his strong Hindutva views, the BJP legislator alleged that

Faruqui

had insulted Hindu gods in his shows in the past and that had attracted police cases.

The MLA took exception to ruling TRS working president and state minister K T

Rama Rao

reportedly extending an invite to Faruqui.

This is a reference to Rama Rao’s comments last year that Hyderabad is a true cosmopolitan city which welcomes all cultures and criticism and that the shows of the likes of Faruqui would not get cancelled.

Singh had claimed that talented artistes from Telangana should be encouraged, instead of inviting someone who insults god.

Urging Rama Rao and the

Telangana DGP

to cancel permission given to Faruqui’s show, he had said the developments would be “different” otherwise.

Earlier in the day, police in neighbouring Karnataka denied permission to Faruqui’s show, which was scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on Saturday.

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