Fellow comics expressed concern and anguish over the arrest of Mumbai-based comedian Munawar Faruqui in Madhya Pradesh's Indore on Friday. Faruqui was also roughed up by members of a right-wing Hindutva group for 'insulting Hindu gods'.
A brawl ensued between Hind Rakshak organisation and organisers at a cafe in Indore where Faruqui was performing before police arrived and took him away to Tukoganj police station.
As per the latest update, Munawar is in police custody in Indore.
Here is how some Twitter users reacted to his arrest:
However, right-wing supporters on Twitter were happy with the police action and alleged assault. Here is how righ-wing Twitter reacted to the incident:
FIR lodged against Munawar Faruqi, arrested
An FIR was lodged against Munawar Faruqi and organisers of the show.
The FIR was filed on the complaint of Hind Rakshak organisation's chief Eklavya Singh Gaur, the son of BJP MLA Malini Gaur, for allegedly using obscene language for a community's religious beliefs.
Prathvi Chandanshiv, one of the members of the organisation said that a 26- years-old man (Faruqui) used derogatory language for gods in a café in Chappan Dukan area.
Some members of the organisation were present there, and they objected to him for using such language after which they had an altercation, he said.
Police said that on the complaint of Gaur and other members of the organisation, they have detained the man and are interrogating him.
A police official said that the comedian allegedly "mocked Hindu gods and goddesses" during the show which was organised "without permission" from authorities.
Cops said the video footage from the event is being examined to ascertain whether minors were also present at the show.
Faruqi is from Gujarat's Jamnagar district but is now based in Mumbai. This is not his first brush with the law.
Earlier in April, Ramesh Solanki, a Hindutva activist and former Shiv Sena member, filed an online complaint with Mumbai Police against Faruqui for "mocking Sri Ram and Sita Maata".