CR Dutta’s body coming home Monday

File photo of Bir Uttam Maj Gen (retd) Chitta Ranjan Dutta DT Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

His coffin will reach Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) after 8:30am on Monday

The body of Chitta Ranjan Dutta, Bir Uttam, widely known as CR Dutta, commander of sector number four during the Liberation War, is scheduled to reach Dhaka on Monday morning from the US where he passed away on August 25 at the age of 93.

His coffin will reach Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) after 8:30am on Monday, family sources said.

An Emirates flight left for Dubai from Florida with Dutta’s coffin at 6pm (local time) on Saturday while his daughter Barrister Chayanika Dutta will accompany his body back to Bangladesh from Dubai.

The war hero’s US expatriate eldest daughter Mahua Dutta, son Chiranjeeb Dutta and youngest daughter Kabita Dasgupta have left New York for Dhaka on a Qatar Airlines flight on Saturday night. They are scheduled to reach Dhaka at 2:30pm tomorrow.

Preparations are being taken to hold his last rituals with full state and military honor after bringing back his body from Florida in the US by an Emirates Airlines flight, said a press release signed by General Dutta National Citizens’ Committee Coordinator Rana Dasgupta.

A 1001-member national citizens’ committee was formed with Major General (rtd) KM Shafiullah, one of the sector commanders during the Liberation War, as the convener and journalist Shahriar Kabir as member-secretary to pay last tributes to Bir Uttam CR Dutta in proper manner.

CR Dutta, Bir Uttam, passed away at a Florida hospital in the US at around 9 am (Bangladesh time) on August 25 (Tuesday) at the age of 93.

Earlier on August 20, Dutta fell in the bathroom and broke his leg. He was admitted to a hospital in Florida, US after his condition deteriorated.

Dutta had also been suffering from various incurable diseases.

Bir Uttam CR Dutta was the founder director general of the then Bangladesh Rifles, which is now called Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), former chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Welfare Trust and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation and founder president of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council.

Dutta was born on 1 January 1927 in Shillong, Assam. His ancestral home is in Mirashi village of Chunarughat upazila of Habiganj.

He joined the Pakistan Army in 1951 and a few days later, he was commissioned as ‘second lieutenant.’

The then Pakistan government rewarded him for his courageous contribution to the 1965 Indo-Pak war, the first battle of his military life.

In 1971, Col MAG Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Liberation War, appointed Dutta as the commander of Sector 4.

He made important contributions after being appointed as a brigade commander in Rangpur in 1972.

In 1973, the government felt the need to form a border guard force for independent Bangladesh and gave the responsibility to him in this regard.

He later formed a border guard force and it was named Bangladesh Rifles. At present, the name of this force is BGB.

He was awarded the title of Bir Uttam for his valiant contribution to the great Liberation War.

The city road from Katabon to Karwan Bazar was named after ‘Bir Uttam CR Dutta.’

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