Jamuna Group chairman Babul dies of COVID-19

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:11am on July 14, 2020

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Nurul Islam Babul

Jamuna Group chairman Nurul Islam Babul died of COVID-19 on Monday at a hospital in the capital.

He was 74.

Confirming the matter, the group’s sister concern Daily Jugantor editor Saiful Alam told New Age that Babul breathed his last at about 4:00pm at Evercare Hospital, formerly known as Apollo Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment.

On June 14, he was admitted to the hospital and was shifted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on the following day after he had tested COVID-19 positive.

Saiful said that Babul was also suffering from heart, kidney and lungs-related complications.

A ten-member medical board was formed for his treatment at the hospital.

He left behind wife Salma Islam, son Shamim Islam, three daughters — Rozalin Islam, Monika Islam and Soniya Islam and a host of relatives to mourn his death.

Born in 1946, Babul, a freedom fighter, founded Daily Jugantar and private television channel Jamuna TV among his 38 business entities.

Jamuna Builders Ltd, Pegasus Leathers Ltd, Jamuna Future Park, Jamuna Power Ltd, are among his business units.

His wife Salma Islam is a Jatiya Party lawmaker for reserved seat for women and a publisher of Daily Jugantor.

Nurul Islam founded Jamuna group in 1974 and established 41 organisations in the industries and service sectors.

Jamuna Group deals with electronics, cloths, woven garments, chemicals, leather, beverage, motorcycle, toiletries, and construction sectors. Jamuna Future Park and Marriott Hotel are also concerns of the Jamuna Group.

Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Jatiya Party chairman GM Quader, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, commerce minister Tipu Munshi and many other ministers, politicians and business and professional groups, including the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries and the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, expressed deep shock at the death of the Jamuna Group chairman.