Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)’s cultural wing leader Helal Khan is the owner of Central Music & Video (CMV). Helal Khan was earlier accused of running an illegal VOIP business. Through this illegal activity, Helal Khan made millions of dollars.
It was earlier reported in Blitz that several leaders of Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (JASAS) in the cultural wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are actively involved in serious anti-government and anti-state activities, including supervising cyber propaganda as well coordinating with various lobbyists in the West, on behalf of BNP – more precisely Tarique Rahman.
According to sources, one of the key funders of the propaganda activities of BNP is Jasa’s leader Helal Khan, a former film actor, who was accused in 2006 of running an illegal VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) business from Dhaka’s Bangla Motor Area. A team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided the office of Helal Khan and recovered a huge volume of VOIP equipment and illegal phone cards. It was then revealed that Khan was running this illegal business under the protection of the infamous Hawa Bhaban since 2001 from his office in Bangla Motor as well as inside the office of his audio production company Central Music & Video (CMV) in the Purana Paltan area. Investigation agencies found that Helal Khan had caused financial loss to the government by running an illegal VOIP business for almost five years, while he made at least US$ 200 million. Although there was a case lodged against him for running an illegal VOIP business, the government did not press charges against him demanding a refund of at least BDT 7-8 billion that the telecommunication ministry had lost due to Helal’s illegal VOIP business. In addition to illegal VOIP business, Helal Khan also was running money laundering (hundi) business from both of his offices in Dhaka.
Now Helal Khan has exhibited extreme audacity by producing a Bangla drama titled Shatya Ghotona (True Story), where autistic children are labeled as “product of sin’. The drama, which is produced by Central Music & Video (CMV) had also been aired on Channel-i, a satellite-based private television channel.
After the drama drew huge criticism in the society for exhibiting cruelty towards autistic children, CMV also has publicly admitted that the drama contained “the wrong message”.
Actress Mehazabien Chowdhury in a statement published on her verified Facebook ID said:
To our beloved audience,
On behalf of the director, artists and entire cast and crew we feel deeply sorry and have complete realization as well as full support for those who have reached out to us regarding our drama production “Ghotona Shotto”. We have taken down the content the moment we received the first message. The much needed correction is being made to the content.
We would like to send our love, support and apologies to every parent and child with special needs and promise to make contents in future that spreads the right message and directs the audience towards the right path.
Thank you for your invaluable support,
Entire cast and crew.
Fida Al-shams, President of the Society of Speech and Language Therapists in statement has condemned the drama.
While the government under the magnanimous leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been sincerely working for the autistic children in Bangladesh, BNP man’s YouTube channel CMV’s producing a drama criticizing the autistic children indeed is a serious crime. Law enforcement agencies should now investigate the entire history of CMV and how this company is running, while its founder Helal Khan is accused of conspiring against the government. It may be further mentioned here that, CMV, since its inception has also evaded VAT worth at least BDT 4 million. The National Board of Revenue now needs to investigate the case of VAT evasion by CMV, while our intelligence agencies need to immediately investigate the dubious activities of this anti-government establishment.