Liberation War hero CR Dutta’s mortal remains arrive home

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

After arriving in Dhaka, his body was taken to the CMH (Combined Military Hospital) mortuary

The mortal remains of Liberation War hero CR Dutta has arrived in Bangladesh from the United States, where he died while receiving treatment at a hospital.

An Emirates flight brought his body to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Monday morning, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council General Secretary Rana Dasgupta confirmed Dhaka Tribune.

Chitta Ranjan Dutta, Bir Uttam, widely known as CR Dutta, was commander of Sector Four during the Liberation War in 1971. He passed away at a Florida hospital in the US at around 9am (Bangladesh time) on August 25 at the age of 93. He had been suffering from various incurable diseases.

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

The war hero’s US expatriate eldest daughter Mahua Dutta, son Chiranjeeb Dutta ,and youngest daughter Kabita Dasgupta were accompanying his coffin.

After arriving in Dhaka, his body was taken to the CMH (Combined Military Hospital) mortuary. 

On Tuesday morning, his body will be taken from the mortuary to his Banani DOHS residence. Later, the body will be taken to Dhakeshwari National Temple where he will be give a guard of honour.

Dutta’s mortal remains will not be taken to Shaheed Minar at Dhaka University area due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The body will be taken to Sabujbagh Borodeshwari cremation ground where he will receive a gun salute from the members of the Bangladesh Army.

Earlier, a 1001-member national citizens’ committee was formed with Major General (retd) 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.

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.”

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.

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 him as “Bir Uttam CR Dutta.”

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