Thana with an area of 130.92 sq km, is bounded by
Sonargaon and Homna upazilas on the north, Matlab upazila on
the south, Daudkandi upazila on the east, Munshigonj sadar
and Sonargaon upazilas and the meghna river on the west. The
entire upazila is surrounded by the Meghna.
(Town) consists of four mouzas. The town has an area of 3.27
sq km. It has a population of 5449; male 52.84%, female 47.16%.
Density of population is 1666 per sq km. Literacy rate among
the town people is 43.4%.
thana was established in 1954 and was turned into an upazila in
1983. It consists of 8 union parishads, 114 mouzas and 120 villages.
events During the War of Liberation in 1971 the Pak army
on getting intelligence of training of freedom fighters reached
Gazaria at dawn of 5 May through the river route. They raided
some villages and killed more than four hundred innocent people
by gunshot. At Bhaberchar they also ruthlessly killed eleven
tender-aged boys who out of fear took shelter inside a ditch.
Subsequently the freedom fighters disrupted communication through
Dhaka-Chittagong highway by dismantling the pucca bridge at Bhaterchar
(in August) thereby obstructing the advance of the Pak army.
of War of Liberation Mass grave at Bhaberchar.
Male 51%, Female 49%; Muslim 96.46%, Hindu 3.44%, Christian 0.026%,
Buddhist 0.017% and others 0.057%.
institutions Mosque 230, temple 5, mazar 4. Notable institutions:
Kaunia Mosque, Puran Bausia Jami Mosque, tomb (mazar) of Sulaiman
Lengta, Bhaberchar Mandir.
and educational institutions Average literacy 32.7%; male
38.4%, female 26.7%. Educational institutions: college (government)
1, (non-government.) 1, high school 11, junior high school 2,
primary school (government) 63, (non-government) 4, madrasa 12.
Noted institution: Bhaberchar Wazir Ali High School (1930).
and periodicals Dainik Munshiganjer Kagoz.
organisations Public library 2, press club 1, shilpakala
academy 1, rural club 28, cinema hall 1, co operative society
64, women's organisation 41, welfare association 1, playground
occupations Agriculture 37.05%, agricultural labourer 17.2%,
wage labourer 2.28%, fishery 4%, commerce 13.75%, service 12.10%,
transport 1.71%, others 11.91%.
use Cultivable land 7,430 hectares, fallow land 24 hectares;
single crop 45%, double crop 45%, triple crop 10%. Cultivable
land under irrigation 29%.
control Among the peasants 19% are landless, 37% small peasant,
28% intermediate and 16% rich; cultivable land per head 0.057
of land The market value of the first grade arable land is
Tk.15000 per 0.01 hectare.
crops Paddy, wheat, potato, mustard, sesame, lentil, chinese
or nearby extinct crops Jute, kaun, kalai, linseed.
fruits Mango, black berry, jackfruit, banana, papaya, litchi, coconut,
guava, plum, elephant apple, watermelon.
poultries and dairies Fishery 22, poultry 19, hatchery 4.
facilities Roads: pucca 25 km, mud road 293 km.
transport Palanquin (extinct), bullock cart (nearly extinct)
mill 2, cement factory 1, spinning mill 1, cold storage 2, petrol
industries Weaving 2, bamboo work 107, goldsmith 68, blacksmith
33, potteries 215, wood work 391, tailoring 411.
bazars and fairs Total number of Hats and bazars are 7; fairs
4, most noted of which are Bhaberchar, Rasulpur, Daskandi batgastala
Mela (Madhya Bausia), Kaligastala Mela (Bhaberchar).
exports Potato, wheat, paper, cement, yarn.
Operationally important NGOs are brac, grameen bank.
centres Upazila health complex 1, satellite clinic 4, family
planning centre 8, charitable dispensary 4, artificial breeding
centre 1, veterinary hospital 2.
last updated 01-07-2005 @ 1250 GM