Sadar Thana with an area of 160.79 sq km, is bounded
by Narayanganj sadar, Bandar (Narayanganj) and Sonargaon upazilas
on the north, Bhedarganj upazila on the south, Gazaria and
Matlab upazilas on the east, Tongibari and Naria upazilas on
the west. Main rivers are Meghna, Padma and Ichamati.
(Town) consists of 9 wards and 42 mahallas. The area of the
town is 14.17 sq km. The population of the town is 52071; male
51.62% and female 48.38%; density of population is 3674 per sq
km. Literacy rate among the town people is 49.3%. The town has
Munshigonj Sadar thana was turned into an upazila in 1984.
It consists of 9 union parishads, 2 municipalities (Sadar and Mirkadim),
94 mouzas and 219 villages.
heritage: Idrakpur Fort (1660) at Munshigonj town,
Panditer Bhita (birth place of Atis
Dipankar ) at Vajrayogini, Baba Adam's Mosque at Rampal,
home stead of Raja Vallala Sena, Rampal Dighi, Raja Harish
Chandra's Dighi, Kodal Dhoar Dighi, home stead of Raja Sreenath,
marble statue of Ashutosh Ganguly at the library room of Haraganga
events During the Mughal rule the present Munshigonj town
including the outlying areas was known as Idrakpur which was
named after the then Mughal faujdar Idrak. A village on the outskirts
of Munshigonj town is still known as Idrakpur. During the British
rule Idrakpur was renamed as Munshigonj after the name of Munshi
Enayet Ali, the local zamindar and the inhabitant of the village
Kazi Kasba in Rampal.
1971 when the Pak army began mass-killing and massacre in
Dhaka city on the night of 25 March the students and youths of
Munshiganj raided the treasury and captured arms and ammunitions
to resist the Pak army. They successfully guarded the river-side
area to check the onrush of the Pak army towards Munshigonj.
The people of Narayanganj in alliance with the youths of Munshiganj
resisted an attack of the Pak army on 31 March. The Pak army
first penetrated into Munshigonj on 9 May and killed some youths
at Kewar on 14 May. The house of Radhika Mohan Ghosh at village
Nayagaon on the bank of the Dhaleshwari had been the secret shelter
and outpost of the freedom fighters. Attack on the ferries of
the Pak army on the river used to be launched from the roof of
this pucca building.
of War of Liberation Mass killing site and memorial monument
1 (old student hostel premises of Munshiganj High School).
Male 53%, Female 47%; Muslim 93.82%, Hindu 5.78%, Buddhist 0.04%,
Christian 0.05%, others 0.31%.
institutions Mosque 166, temple 22, mazar 2, dargah 1, akhra
1. Noted institutions: Kacharighat Jami Mosque, Thana Jami Mosque,
Launch-ghat Jami Mosque, Jaikalimata Mandir, Jagaddhatri Mandir,
tomb of Kadira Pagla, tomb of Chhala-pagli, dargah of Elahi Mastan,
Lakshmi Narayan Jeu Akhra.
and educational institutions Average literacy 35.5%; male
40.9%, female 30%. Educational institutions: college 4, high
school 22, junior high school 4, primary teacher's training institute
1, technical training centre 1, madrasa 9, government primary
school 100, non-government primary school 9; noted old institutions:
Government Haraganga College, Munshiganj High School.
and periodicals Weekly Munshiganj, Weekly Munshiganj Sangbad;
defunct periodicals: Kaler Vela, Sangsaptak, Sarab.
organisations Club 6, literary and cultural organisation
4, public library 2, musical academy 2, art school 1, theatre
party 3, drama stage 1, cinema hall 6, auditorium 1, stadium
occupations Agriculture 25.64%, agricultural labourer 21.12%,
fishing 1.32%, industry 1.1%, construction 1.52%, commerce 19.31%,
service 9.34%, transport 3.1%, wage labourer 4.97% and others
use Cultivable land 12140 hectares; single crop 6.5%, double
crop 75.75%, and triple crop land 17.75%. Cultivable land under
control Among the peasants, 27.8% are landless, 21.25% are
marginal peasant, 32.95% small peasant, 13.5% intermediate, 4.5%
rich; cultivable land per head 0.041 hectare.
of land The market value of first grade arable land is Tk
70,000 per 0.01 hectare.
crops Paddy, potato, wheat, jute, mustard, vegetables, chilli.
or nearly extinct crops Indigo, kaun, linseed, arahar (pulse).
Main fruits Banana, mango, papaya, jackfruit, litchi. Communication
facilities Roads: pucca 27.27 km and mud road 100 km.
transport Palanquin (extinct), bullock cart and horse carriage
(nearly extinct), boat. Manufactories Large industry 2, medium
industry 12, ice mill and cold storage 20. Cottage industries
Various cottage industries and workshops 392.
bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 17, fairs 8, most noted
of which are Munshir Hat, Chitalia Hat, Mirkadim,
Makahati, Munshiganj Bazar, Katakhali Bazar, Kamalaghat Bazar,
Rikabi Bazar, Barani Mela (Kamalaghat), Rampal Maghi-purnima
Mela, Dasami Mela (Kamalaghat), Munshiganj Rathjatra Mela, Rampal
Rathjatra Mela, Manasa Mela (Munshiganj).
exports Potato, patal, vegetables, jute.
Operationally important NGOs are asa, brac, proshika, Juba Sangha,
centres Hospital 1, mother and childcare centre 1, upazila
health complex 1, private clinic 4.
last updated 01072005 @ 1340 GM