Thana with an area of 180.19 sq km, is bounded by Keraniganj
upazila on the north, Lauhajang and Sreenagar upazilas on the
south, Tongibari and Narayanganj Sadar upazila on the east, Sreenagar
and Nawabganj (Dhaka) upazilas on the west. Main rivers are the
Ichamati and the Dhaleshwari. Arial Beel covering 4,330 hectares
of land partly belongs to the upazila.
(Town) consists of 2 mouzas. The area of the town is 0.95
sq km. It has a population of 2851; male 53.84%, female 46.16%.
Literacy rate among the town people is 31.6%.
thana was constituted in 1914 and was transformed into an upazila
in 1983. It consists of 14 union parishads, 124 mouzas and 177
heritage A single domed mosque at Kusumpur (Talukdar-bari
Mosque, Mughal period), Tajpur Mosque, Patharghata Mosque, Qazishal
Mosque, Pulghata Bridge, math at village Fegnasar, math at the
house of Kankata De at village Tajpur and Panchasikhar Mahadeva
Mandir (temple) at Taltala. A large shiva-linga (phallus of god
Shiva) is placed inside this temple.
events The anti-British terrorist movement was very strong
in this upazila. The Congress activists used to make bombs at
Ichapura and Madhyapara villages and distributed them to the
workers of adjacent areas. While making bombs at village Madhyapara
there occurred the incidental explosion of a bomb. At the intelligence
of the explosion a military camp of the British Gorkha soldiers
was set up at the junction of three roads on the western side
of Ichapura-bazar, in order to suppress terrorist activities.
The soldiers arrested a Congress activist named Abinash, persecuted
and interrogated him with a view to detect information on the
terrorist activities in the area, but in vain. During the war
of liberation in 1971 one Abdul Aziz of village Shialdi was shot
dead for uttering the slogan 'Jai Bangla' at the in front of
the Pak-army. Abdul Aziz was the first martyr of the upazila
in the war of liberation.
area appears to have been named after one Sirajuddin Khan of village
Rajdia on the south of the Ichamati. Sirajuddin Khan was fourth
in decent from one Sujat Ali Khan who is said to have acquired
a farman from the Mughal emperor Jahangir to check the raids of
the Arakani pirates and settled at village Rajdia.
of War of Liberation Martyr Abdul Aziz Memorial Monument
at village Shialdi.
Male 51%, Female 49%; Muslim 85%, Hindu 10%, Christian 4.991%,
institutions Notable institutions: Kusumpur Mosque, Tajpur
Mosque, Patharghata Mosque, Visva Jami Masjid (Rajanagar union),
Panch Pir Dargah (Sirajdikhan), Shekharnagar Kali Mandir, Shulpur
Church, holy bathing place at Malighata.
and educational institutions Average literacy 33.7%; male
38.7%, female 28.8%. Educational institutions: college 4, high
school 17, madrasa 10, primary school (government) 106. Old institution:
Ichapura High School (1892).
and periodicals Monthly Vikrampur (Kathaltali), extinct periodicals:
Monthly Palli-bijnan (Jainsar), Hindu Intelligencer (Malkhanagar),
orgainisations Rural club 140, public library 1, museum 1,
theatre group 1, cinema hall 1, women's association 1.
occupations Agriculture 28.72%, fishing 1.89%, agricultural
labourer 27.46%, wage labourer 2.05%, industry 1.55%, commerce
13.7%, service 8.86%, loom 1.51%, construction 2.53%, others
use Cultivable land 12191 hectare, fallow land 5938 hectare;
single crop 13.27%, double crop 83.65% and triple crop land 3.08%.
Cultivable land under irrigation 80%.
control Among the peasants, 60% are small, 30% intermediate,
10% rich; cultivable land per head 0.053 hectare.
of land The market value of the first grade arable land is
Tk 13000 per 0.01 hectare.
crops Potato, paddy, jute, sesame.
and nearly extinct crops Sugarcane, leguminous seeds of pulse,
lentil, khesari, pea, linseed.
fruits Mango, banana, jackfruit.
and dairies Fishery 60, poultry 52, dairy 48, hatchery 1.
facilities Roads: pucca 31 km, mud road 166 km; waterway
19 nautical mile.
transport Palanquin (extinct), bullock cart (nearly extinct)
industries Handloom 571, welding workshop 42, bidi factory
3, goldsmith 120, potteries 150.
bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 20, fair 11; most noted
of which are Taltala hat, Sirajdikhan hat, Rajanagar hat, Ichhapura
hat, Shekharnagar Kalipuja mela, Shekharnagar Majhipara Chaitra-samkranti
mela, Taltala dashami mela, Kauamara rathjatra mela, Kusumpur
exports Potato, jute.
Operationally important NGOs are caritas, asa, World Vision, Samaj
Parivartan Kendra, proshika, brac, Country Mission, grameen bank,
Vikrampur Ain Sahajya Sangstha.
centres Upazila health complex 1, sub health centre 6, family
planning centre 11, veterinary hospital 1.
last updated 01-07-2005 @ 1520 GMT