Dhaka: Legendary Bangladesh struggle veteran Chitta Ranjan Dutta, popularly generally known as CR Dutta, handed away on Tuesday. He was 93.
A Sector Commander of the 1971 Liberation Battle, he died at a hospital within the US state of Florida, Rana Dasgupta, Normal Secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad (BHBCUC), informed IANS. Dutta, who was President of the Parishad, has left behind two daughters and a son.
Dasgupta mentioned that considered one of Dutta’s legs broke as a consequence of a fall on August, after which he was rushed to a hospital in Florida and was saved on life help. His situation deteriorated on Monday.
“We are trying to bring back his body to Bangladesh,” Dasgupta informed IANS. Dutta, was born on January 1, 1927 in Shillong, Meghalaya, the place his father was posted as a police officer.
Again then Shillong was the capital of undivided Assam in British India. He went to the Daulatpur School in Khulna as his father was in opposition to him from going to Kolkata.
On the age of 24, Dutta joined the Pakistan Military in 1951 and shortly he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. In the course of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan Battle, he served as an organization commander.
He later participated within the 1971 Liberation Battle as Sector four Commander. Following independence, Dutta joined the Bangladesh Military as Brigade Commander in Rangpur (1972) and was given accountability of making a brand new border pressure the next yr.
He went on to turn out to be the primary Director-Normal of Bangladesh Rifles (present-day Border Guards Bangladesh).
He was awarded ‘Bir Uttam’ by the Sheikh Mujib authorities on December 15, 1973. He additionally served as Chairman of Muktijuddha Kollan Belief (Freedom Fighters Welfare Affiliation) in 1977 and BRTC in 1979.
After Dutta retired in 1984, he fashioned the Sector Commanders Discussion board with different outstanding members of the Liberation Battle.
In June 1988 when Islam was declared because the State Faith of Bangladesh, Dutta actively contested in opposition to this resolution and argued it violated the “four pillars of the nation” embodied within the 1972 Structure, particularly democracy, secularism, socialism and nationalism.
He reminded the federal government that the Liberation Battle was fought on the ideas of Bengali nationalism, and never faith.
By declaring Islam because the state faith, he argued the minorities – who type lower than 10 per cent of Bangladesh’s inhabitants – had been being marginalised even additional and made to really feel like outsiders in their very own nation.
To “fight this injustice”, he based the BHBCUC together with two leaders from different minority communities, Bodhhipal Mohathero (Buddhist) and T.D. Rosario (Christian), with an goals to guard the human rights of the non secular and ethnic minorities.
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