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Shariatpur District


Shariatpur District (dhaka division) area 1181.53 sq km, located in between 23°01' and 23°27' north latitudes and in between 90°13' and 90°36' east longitudes. It is bounded by munshiganj district on the north, barisal district on the south, chandpur district on the east, madaripur district on the west.

Population Total 1082300; male 543838, female 538462; Muslim 1041584, Hindu 40491, Buddhist 60, Christian 28 and others 137.

Water bodies Main rivers: padma, meghna, Palong, Jayanti.

Administration Shariatpur District was formed on 1 March 1984. Of the six upazilas of the district bhedarganj is the largest (311.24 sq km) and damudya is the smallest (91.76 sq km).

District
Area (sq km) Upazila Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural

1225.51

6

5

64

608

1235

114776

967524

933

38.95

Others Information of District

Name of Upazila

Area (sq km)

Municipality

Union

Mouza

Village

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate
(%)

Gosairhat

167.86

-

7

84

210

124014

739

32.02

Zanjira

239.53

1

12

126

195

179322

749

31.0

Damudya

91.76

1

7

60

121

116643

1269

43.1

Naria

240.02

1

14

146

187

225536

940

41.3

Bhedarganj

311.24

1

13

87

371

237769

764

40.4

Shariatpur Sadar

175.10

1

11

105

151

199016

1137

43.2

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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History of the War of Liberation In 1971 the Pak army in collaboration with their local agents conducted mass killing and plundering; they also set many houses of the district on fire. During the war of liberation a number of encounters were held in Shariatpur sadar upazila between the freedom fighters and the Pak army in which about 313 Pak soldiers were killed. A number of freedom fighters were killed in two encounters and one frontal battle with the Pak army in Bhedarganj upazila. Nine freedom fighters including Ahsanul Hoque and Abdul Wahab were killed in an encounter with the Pak army at a place on the southern side of Damudya College. Muktijoddha and Mujib Bahini jointly conducted attack on the Pak army by guerrilla technique in the upazila. Five freedom fighters were killed in an encounter with the Pak army in Gosairhat upazila. The freedom fighters of Naria raided the Naria Police Station and captured all the arms and ammunitions of the thana. In retaliation, the Pak army sacked the nearby villages. During the War of Liberation a number of encounters were held between the freedom fighters and the Pak army in Zanjira upazila in which a number of freedom fighters were killed.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass grave 1 (Mahisar); martyrs' memorial 9; memorial monument 8.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 38.95%; male 42.17%, female 35.77%. Educational institutions: college 16, secondary school 102, primary school 772, madrasa 42. Noted educational institutions: Shariatpur Government College, Shariatpur Government Girls' High School, Palong Tulasar Gurudas Government High School, Palong Multilateral High School (1939), Domsar Jagatchandra Institution (1907), Chikandi Sharaf Ali High School (1884), Rudrakar Neelmani High School (1915), Kagdi Government Primary School, Shariatpur Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, Angaria Osmania Qaumia Madrasa, Kauadi Dakhil Madrasa.'

Main sources of income Agriculture 61.66%, non-agricultural labourer 2.64%, industry 0.91%, commerce 14.34%, transport and communication 2.41%, service 6.41%, construction 1.13%, religious service 0.28%, rent and remittance 2.71% and others 7.51%.

Newspapers and periodicals Daily: Hunker; weekly: Muktir Kantha, Shetu, Kagojer Pata, Saptapalli Samachar; defunct weekly: Chikandi Barta, Shariatpur Barta, Rudrakantha, Jabanbandhi.

Folk culture Most notable folk festivals of the district include Bangla Nababarsa (Bangla New Year's Day), Chaitra Sankranti and boat race. Popular folk songs include Jarigan, Kabigan, Biyer Gan (songs sung in the marriage ceremony). Besides, Jatra and folk drama are also prevalent in the district. Various folk games and sports including Ha-du-du, Gollachhut, Dariabandha are notable. Bull fights were earlier held in Paus and Chaitra Sankranti.

Tourists spots Fateh Jangapur Fort (Naria). [Shahidul Haque]

See also The upazilas under this district.

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Field survey of' Shariatpur District 2011; Field survey of Upazilas of Shariatpur District 2011.