CR Dutta cremated with state honour

BGB officials give a salute after placing a wreath on behalf of BGB chief at the coffin of Major General (retd) CR Dutta at Baradwashwari crematorium of Sabujbagh in Dhaka on Tuesday. — Press release

War hero Major General (retd) Chitta Ranjan Dutta was cremated with state honour at Baradwashwari crematorium at Sabujbagh on Tuesday.

Before the cremation, Bangladesh Army gave him a gun salute at the crematorium in honour of the decorated freedom fighter CR Dutta, whom the state honoured with the Bir Uttam title in recognition of his gallantry as a sector commander during the Liberation War in 1971.

‘Floral wreaths were placed at his coffin on behalf of president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and chiefs of Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh,’ said Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council.

Earlier, he said, police honoured CR Dutta as a valiant freedom fighter at Dhakeshwari national temple, where his body was kept for time being for public viewing.

CR Dutta died on August 25 in a Florida hospital at the age of 93. His body arrived in Dhaka on Monday and was kept at the mortuary of Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.

CR Dutta was born in India’s Assam on January 1, 1927 and later his family migrated to Chunarughat in Habiganj.

He joined Pakistan Army in 1951. After the Liberation War started in 1971, Dutta defected from Pakistan Army and joined the native for the independence of Bangladesh.

Dutta was made the commander of sector-4 that fought against Pakistan Army and their local collaborators in the greater Sylhet region.

In 1977, CR Dutta was transferred to Bangladesh Rifles, now Border Guard of Bangladesh.

He was also a former chairman of Bangladesh Freedom Fighters Welfare Trust and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation.

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