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CR Dutta’s body arrives in Dhaka

CR Dutta’s body arrives in Dhaka

Commander of Sector 4 during 1971’s Liberation War Major General (Rtd) Chitta Ranjan Dutta, popularly known as CR Dutta’s body arrived in Dhaka this morning from the United States where he died at a Florida Hospital last week.

“Major General (Rtd) Chitta Ranjan Dutta’s body arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:40 a.m. on an Emirates Airlines flight,” Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikyo Parishad general secretary Rana Dasgupta told reporters.

CR Dutta passed away on Aug 25 while undergoing treatment at a Florida hospital in the USA at the age of 93.

After arrival at the airport, Dutta’s body was taken to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) mortuary, said a Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad press release.

It said his body will be whisked off to Dhakeshwari National Temple premises, the city’s main Hindu temple, at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday where he will be given state honour. Earlier, his body will be taken to his Banani DOHS residence, it added.

Later, CR Dutta’s body will be taken to Rajarbagh Borodeshwari cremation ground at 11 a.m. where military gun salute will be heralded before cremation.

Dutta was admitted to the Florida hospital as he broke his leg after falling in the bathroom at his daughter’s residence in USA on Aug 20. His physical condition deteriorated fast while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Born on Jan 1, 1927, in Shillong, Assam, CR Dutta’s ancestral home is in village of Mirashi under Chunarughat upazila in Habiganj. His father’s name was Upendra Chandra Dutta and mother’s name was Labannya Prova Dutta.

He was founder Director General (DG) of the then Bangladesh Rifles, which is now called Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), former chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddah Kalyan Trust and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) and founder president of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikyo Parishad.

CR Dutta was awarded the title of ‘Bir Uttam’ for his valiant contribution to the liberation war.

A city road from Kataban to Kawran Bazar signal has also been named after CR Dutta.