Nurul Islam Babul (3 May 1946 – 13 July 2020) was a Bangladeshi business magnate. He was the chairman of the business conglomerate Jamuna Group. He died on 13 July 2020 after being hospitalized in Dhaka for few days.
2 Personal life
2.1.1 Murder case allegations
2.1.2 Death threats
2.1.3 Illegal property possession
2.1.4 Tax evasion
2.1.5 2013 arrest attempt
Best known for the Jamuna Group and Jamuna Future Park, Babul was also the owner of the Bangla daily Jugantor. He founded the group in 1970s.
Babul was married to Salma Islam, a member of Jatiya Sangsad from Jatiya Party. He had 4 children with her: Shamim Islam, Rozalin Islam, Monika Islam, and Soniya Islam. In June 2020, Babul tested positive for the coronavirus amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. Subsequently, he was admitted to the Evercare Hospital in Dhaka.
Murder case allegations
Babul was arrested in 2004 in connection with the murder of a dredger worker, Alam Pramanik, who was working on a real estate project in Badda in 2003. Around 100 law enforcement officers from various security agencies of Bangladesh raided Babul's house in Gulshan, Dhaka shortly after midnight in March 2004. The raid was monitored by the then Home Minister Lutfozzaman Babar and had permission from the Prime Minister's Office. He was denied bail by the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. A case was filed by the owner of the dredger who claimed that 12 of Babul's men forcefully entered the dredger where his workers (including Pramanik) were sleeping and opened fire. An injured Pramanik was taken to a hospital where he later died. Babul's defence lawyers claimed that these allegations were a part of a conspiracy that was hatched by people who were jealous of Babul's success and wanted to ruin his image.
In April 2003, Babul was arrested by Bangladesh Police for making a death threat against the then chairman of the Board of Investment and founder of the Amar Desh newspaper Mahmudur Rahman. He was later released on bail. In the same case he was also accused of land grabbing charges in Savar. Prior to this incident, the former Bangladeshi State Minister of Home AffairsLutfozzaman Babar filed a case against Babul where he accused Babul of threatening to kill him.
Illegal property possession
Babul was once again arrested in 2007 on charges of corruption, illegal property possession, and anti-state activities. He was accused of running his real estate business on occupied public and private land. His defense lawyers once again protested his innocence by claiming that all the accusations were made as a part of a conspiracy to malign him.
In May 2013, Babul along with his wife Salma Islam and son Shamim Islam was sued by the National Board of Revenue for tax evasion and providing false information about their income. The 3 accused were charged for dodging over Tk. 45 crore in income tax and not submitting wealth statements of Tk. 155 crore in their tax returns. The NBR also filed cases against 7 companies of Jamuna Group.
2013 arrest attempt
In 2013, the police attempted to arrest Babul from the residence of former Bangladeshi President H M Ershad.
Babul died on 13 July 2020 from Covid-19 complications at the Evercare Hospital in Dhaka. He left behind is wife Salma Islam, 4 children, and numerous grandchildren. He was 74 years old.
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