“Hatred won”: Chilling words by comedian Munawar Faruqui as he quits comedy

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Comedian Munawar Faruqui on Sunday announced he was quitting stand-up comedy with chilling words that read, “Hatred won, the artist lost.”

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Taking to Twitter, Munawar shared his statement saying how his upcoming show in Bengaluru had been cancelled.

He wrote, “Aaj Bangalore show cancel ho gaya (Under the Threats of venue vandalism). We sold 600+ tickets. Month back my team called late Puneeth Rajkumar sir organisation for charity which we will be going to generate from this show in Bangalore. We agreed to not sell the show on the name of charity as suggested by the noble organisation.”

Faruqui continued, “Putting me in jail for the joke I never did to cancelling my shows, which has nothing problematic in it. This is unfair. This show has gained so much love from people in India irrespective of their religion. This is unfair. We do have censor certificate of the show and it’s clearly nothing problematic in the show. We called off 12 shows in the last two months because of threats to venue and audience.”

The stand-up comedian signed off his statement with the sentence which he often uses at the end of his comedy show. He wrote, “I think this is the end. My name is Munawar Faruqui and that’s been my time. You guys were wonderful audience. Goodbye, I’m done.”

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Faruqui had to spend a month in jail after the Madhya Pradesh Police arrested him for a joke that he never made. The Indore Police had gone on record admitting that there was no evidence of the 29-year-old comedian from Gujarat cracking jokes hurting the sentiments of Hindus. He was granted bail by the Supreme Court.

In a letter to the event’s organiser Good Shepherd auditorium, the Bengaluru Police had advised them to cancel Faruqui’s show as the cops feared the law and order situation. “It is learnt that Munawar Faruqui is a controversial figure….. Many states have banned his comedy shows. It is learnt that a case has been registered against him in the Tukoji police station in Indore of Madhya Pradesh,” the inspector of the Ashokanagar Police station said in his letter.