Body of war hero CR Dutta reaches home

Body of war hero and commander of Sector-4 during the country’s Liberation War, Maj Gen (retd) CR Dutta, Bir Uttam, reached the country yesterday morning from Florida, USA.

“Carrying his body, a passenger flight of Emirates Airlines landed at the Dhaka Airport at 8:40am. CR Dutta’s younger daughter Chayanika Dutta and her husband were also on the flight,” Rana Das Gupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, told The Daily Star.

CR Dutta’s body was kept at the mortuary of Dhaka CMH, he added.

His body will be kept at his Banani residence at 7am today for people to pay their respect.

“From there, his body will be taken to Dhakeswary Mondir at 8am. He will be given a state guard of honour there,” said Rana Das.

Around 11, CR Dutta’s body will be taken to Sabujbagh crematorium, where Bangladesh Army will present him a gun salute before his cremation.

On August 25, General CR Dutta Jatiya Committee in a press release said preparations were being taken to arrange the war hero’s funeral with the highest military and state honour after bringing his body to Bangladesh.

A 1,001-member national citizens’ committee has already been formed headed by Maj Gen (retd) KM Shafiullah, sector commander of the country’s Liberation War, to show final respect to CR Dutta.

Maj Gen (retd) Chitta Ranjan Dutta, Bir Uttam, popularly known as CR Dutta passed away in the US on August 25. He was 93.

The veteran freedom fighter who served in the top post of different government organisations, breathed his last at 9:30am (Bangladesh time) at a Florida hospital.

He was the commander of Sector-4 during the Liberation War and freed the country from the Pakistan occupation army. He was awarded “Bir Uttam” for his gallantry.

He had been the founding president of Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, a platform of different religious minority groups, until his death.

CR Dutta. who was the founding director general of the now-defunct Bangladesh Rifles in 1973, left behind two daughters, a son, and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

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