Another case has been filed against Shaheen Anam, wife of The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam and executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, and Angela Gomes, executive director of Banchte Shekha, for hurting religious sentiment of the Hindu community.
Probir Chowdhury Ripon, general secretary of Brahmanbaria chapter of Bangladesh Jatiyo Hindu Mohajote, filed the case with Brahmanbaria Senior Judicial Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
In the case, the plaintiff accused Shaheen Anam and Angela Gomes of trying to amend the Hindu law, creating division among Hindus, putting them against the government and maligning the Awami League government internationally.
He alleged that provocation of the two accused has created a chaotic situation at his village Mirzapur in Bijoynagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district.
“The accused are involved in NGO business. They delivered provocative speeches against the Hindu community at seminars and webinars at various places of the country during a period from April 28, 2016 to April 6 this year. The duo is fomenting religious hatred against minority people through imaginative statements. They’re creating different opposite groups and planting the seed of communal disharmony,” the complainant said.
The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam, husband of Shaheen Anam, is also instigating and confusing Hindu people by publishing motivated articles in his newspaper, he added.
Probir Chowdhury Ripon said, “Shaheen Anam and his husband Mahfuz Anam are engaged in a conspiracy to disrupt the country’s development pace and communal harmony by placing Hindu people against the government. They’re also trying to cause family strife among Hindus.”
Senior Judicial Magistrate Mahmudul Mohsin ordered the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the complaint and submit a report by December 21.
Akash Ghose, a member of the Hindu community, filed the case where Banchte Shekha Executive Director Angela Gomes was made co-accused.
According to the case dossier, Shaheen Anam and Angela Gomes are engaged in a deep-rooted conspiracy to create chaos in the Hindu community.
The two NGO bosses have been holding seminars and meetings in various parts of the country for years, seeking amendment to the Hindu law. The duo is working to put people of the minority community against the government.
As part of the ongoing protest, Hindu community people staged demonstrations against the unholy move by Shaheen Anam and her cohorts at Sutrapur in the capital on September 17.
The agitating people burnt Mahfuz Anam and Shaheen Anam in effigy for hurting their religious sentiment.
Hindu leaders accused the couple of hatching a conspiracy to create internal faction within the community and destabilise the country. They also said journalist Mahfuz Anam and his wife are trying to damage religious aristocracy of Hindus.
Apart from seminars at various places of the country, Shaheen Anam and Angela Gomes are holding webinars to spread religious hatred. On March 4, they disclosed the draft of the “Hindu Inheritance Law 2020.” The NGO bosses are masterminds behind the proposed law, alleged the demonstrators.
The Hindu leaders also claimed that Shaheen Anam formed a committee with her NGO staff Rina Roy, a woman of minority community.
Besides, Mahfuz Anam published fabricated reports and stories in The Daily Star to confuse people, hide the real situation and implement their evil agenda.
In 2007-2008, Mahfuz Anam supported the caretaker regime and tried to eliminate Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from politics. He tried to launch a new party.
They alleged that Mahfuz Anam and his wife are now conspiring to create a distance between the Awami League-led government and Hindus who are a major vote bank of the ruling party.