Staff Reporter

Thrissur: Kuttukaran Porinchu Paul, industrialist and founder of the Kuttukaran Group of Companies, died at a private hospital here on Friday. He was 92.

He was hospitalised two days ago following cardiac problems. The end came around 9.30 a.m.

Popular Automobiles, started by Paul in 1944, grew to be one of the largest automobile spare parts retail network in the country.

He entered the world of business in 1939 with a capital of Rs.150 and rose to the top through hard work and perseverance.

He is survived by two sons and four daughters. His wife died in August 2006. Paul's body will be laid to rest on Sunday.

The funeral rites will be performed at the Mar Adhai Sleeha Church at Paravattani.