Bir Uttam CR Dutta no more

Chitta Ranjan Dutta, Bir Uttam, popularly known as CR Dutta, one of the sector commanders of the Mukti Bahini during the Liberation War, passed away in USA on Tuesday. He was 93.

Rana Das Gupta, general secretary of the ‘Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council,’ told Media that CR Dutta died at around 9 am today (Bangladesh time).

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.

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, Former Chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Welfare Trust and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation and Founder President of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council.

Meanwhile, tributes poured in for the freedom fighter, who was awarded the title of Bir Uttam for his gallantry during the 1971 Liberation War.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of the war hero.

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, Colonel MAG Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the liberation war, appointed Dutta as the commander of Sector 4.