Hyderabad: Amid heightened security, the Cyberabad police took into custody 20 workers of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha when they tried to disrupt the show of standup comedian Munawar Faruqui at Shilpakala Vedika on Saturday evening.
They were detained as they attempted to enter the venue of Munawar Faruqui’s show in the city while shouting slogans of Jai Shree Ram. The standup comedian is performing in the city amidst a heavy police presence. The show began at 5.30 p.m with several plainclothes policemen present inside the auditorium.
At the venue, protestors came in small batches, with a few wearing safari dresses (worn by policemen of special teams) to try to con the cops in order to get inside. Alert policemen however foiled their attempt and dragged them away into police vehicles.
BJP legislator T Raja Singh, who threatened to disrupt Munawar Faruqui’s show, was placed under house arrest by the Hyderabad police on Friday. Several leaders of the BJYM were detained at their local police stations.
The supporters also raised slogans of “Nupur Sharma Zindabad” in support of the BJP’s national spokesperson who was suspended from the party for her blasphemous comments on Prophet Muhammed following condemnation by several Arab countries.