Sumon Mahmud, a former joint news editor at the daily Bhorer Kagoj, has died at a hospital in Dhaka.
A former leader of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSoD), the septuagenarian breathed his last at the Asgar Ali Hospital around 4:00pm on Friday, his brother Manjur Ahad Helal, a retired army officer, said.
His brother said that the journalist had been suffering from shortness of breath for a long time. He was admitted to the Old Dhaka hospital on May 12 after he had pneumonia, reports bdnews24.com
Sumon tested negative for COVID-19 twice as the doctors had initially suspected he had been infected with the novel coronavirus.
Sumon was involved with the Bhorer Kagoj since its inception.
He had joined NTV briefly at the middle of his career but took charge as a joint news editor after his return to the Bhorer Kagoj, its Editor Shyamol Dutta said.
Sumon is survived by his wife and two children.
JaSoD President Hasanul Haq Inu and General Secretary Shirin Akhter have offered their condolences to Sumon's family.
Sumon was a Chatra League leader in the early 60s. He was an organiser during the Liberation War.
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