Bochaganj Upazila

Bochaganj Upazila (dinajpur district) area 224.79 sq km, located in between 25°40' and 25°54' north latitudes and in between 88°23' and 88°32' east longitudes. It is bounded by birganj and pirganj (rangpur) upazilas on the north, biral upazila and west bengal of India on the south, Birganj, kaharole and Biral upazilas on the east, Pirganj (Rangpur) upazila on the west.

Population Total 160049; male 80428, female 79621; Muslim 96086, Hindu 60684, Buddhist 87, Christian 1638 and others 1554.

Water bodies Main river: tangon.

Administration Bochaganj Thana was formed in 1915 and it was turned into an upazila in 1984. '

Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural Urban Rural
1 6 139 141 27335 132714 712 62.6 50.4

(sq km)




(per sq km)

Literacy rate

10.23 9 33 27335 2672 62.6
Name of union and GO code Area (acre) Population Literacy rate (%)
Male Female
Atgaon 13 9089 11963 12159 46.5
Ishania 40 8829 12317 11896 51.2
Chhatail 27 9656 11186 11162 47.3
Nafanagar 67 9149 11325 11347 60.8
Mushidhat 54 6706 8971 8881 49.1
Rangaon 81 9593 10841 10666 47.3

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2011,Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

War of Liberation During the war of liberation in 1971 an encounter was held between the freedom fighters and the Pakistan army at Maherpur Hat. The Pak army burnt to ashes a number of nearby villages. 6 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a mine explosion by the freedom fighters at Pulerhat of the upazila. There is a mass grave at Chhatail and a mass killing site at Bhabaldighi.

For details: see বোচাগঞ্জ উপজেলা, বাংলাদেশ মুক্তিযুদ্ধ জ্ঞানকোষ (Encyclopedia of Bangladesh War of Liberation), বাংলাদেশ এশিয়াটিক সোসাইটি, ঢাকা ২০২০, খণ্ড ৭।

Religious institutions Mosque 211, temple 91, church 1.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 52.6%; male 57.7%, female 47.4%. Educational institutions: college 6, vocational institute 1, secondary school 49, primary school 120, madrasa 15. Noted educational institutions: Setabganj Degree College (1967), Mollah Para Bilateral High School (1913), Setabganj Pilot High School (1938), Nehalgaon High School (1946), Batasan High School (1966), Setabganj Girls' School (1973), Setabganj Kamil Madrasa (1957).

Newspapers and periodicals Weekly: Tulai; fortnightly: Joddha.

Cultural organisations Library 2, club 40, cinema hall 2.

Important establishments Sada Mahal, Shalban.

Main sources of income Agriculture 60.74%, non-agricultural labourer 3.13%, industry 0.64%, commerce 9.64%, transport and communication 2.26%, service 7.17%, construction 13.46%, religious service 0.1%, rent and remittance 0.15% and others 2.71%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 50.2%, landless 49.8%; agricultural landowner: urban 32.76% and rural 53.74%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, oil seed, sugarcane, potato, pulse.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Aus paddy.

Main fruits Mango, banana, jackfruit, blackberry.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 5, dairy 25, poultry 78.

Communication facilities Pucca road 120 km, semi-pucca road 1 km, mud road 400 km; railway 18 km.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin, bullock cart and horse carriage.

Noted manufactories Rice mill, saw mill, husking mill, sugar mill, biscuit factory.

Cottage industries Goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, weaving.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 28, fairs 1; Bochaganj Hat and Setabganj Mela are notable.

Main exports Paddy, rice, jute, potato, sugar.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 29.8% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 98.3%, tap 0.8% and others 0.9%.

Sanitation 58.7% of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 16.9% of dwelling houses use non-sanitary latrines; 24.4% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Hospital 1, Union health and family planning centre 6, satellite clinic 1.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, CARE. [Rezaul Karim]

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001 and 2011, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Cultural survey report of Bochaganj Upazila 2007.