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Sherpur Upazila (bogra district)  area 296.27 sq km, located in between 24°32´ and 24°44´ north latitudes and in between 89°20´ and 89°32´ east longitudes. It is bounded by shahjahanpur upazila on the north, raiganj and tarash upazilas on the south, dhunat upazila on the east, nandigram and singra upazilas on the west.

Population  Total 286308; male 145413, female 140895; Muslim 257366, Hindu 28717, Buddhist 50 and others 175. Indigenous community such as santal belongs to this upazila.

Water bodies  Main rivers: karatoya, Halhalia.

Administration  Sherpur Thana was formed in 1962 and it was turned into an upazila in 1983.

 

Upazila

Municipality

Union

Mouza

Village

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

Urban

Rural

Urban

Rural

1

9

224

319

45445

240863

966

53.9

33.0

Municipality

Area (sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

6.74

9

19

22371

3319

66.7

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

1.27

5

23074

18169

40.7

Union

Name of Union and GO code

Area
(acre)

Population

Literacy rate
(%)

Male

Female

Kusumbi 57

9848

14749

14467

35.04

Khanpur 47

7289

13601

13278

28.72

Khamarkandi 38

5469

10278

9956

28.81

Garidaha 28

6148

20186

19349

37.00

Bishalpur 19

13152

12659

12449

32.09

Bhabanipur 17

9056

11355

10943

36.62

Mirzapur 66

9119

26395

25666

34.10

Shimabari 85

5121

11912

11448

38.34

Sughat 95

6027

12590

12656

29.37

Source  Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

 

Archaeological heritage and relics  Sirajnagar Mosque, Sher Shah Mosque, Kherua Mosque, Bhabanipur Kali Mandir, Gobinda Rai Mandir.

 

 

History of the War of Liberation  On 25 April 1971 the Pak army abducted 32 innocent people and took them to the Itakhola mass killing site and shot 25 of them dead. On 26 April, they also killed more than three hundred innocent Bangalis at a place near the Ghoga Bridge. On the same day the Pak army brutally tortured to death 26 persons at village Darimukunda. Besides, in May the Pak army killed more than one hundred innocent people at village Kallani.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass killing site 1 (Baghra Colony).

Religious institutions  Mosque 461, temple 65, church 1. Noted religious institutions: Dhar Mokam Mosque, Sher Mokam Mosque.

Literacy rate and educational institutions  Average literacy 36.3%; male 41.5%, female 31%. Educational institutions: college 7, technical college 6, secondary school 49, primary school 119, kindergarten 20, madrasa 104. Noted educational institutions: Sherpur College (1967), Chonka Bilateral High School (1956), Sherpur Diamond Jubilee High School (1968), Palli Unnayan Academy Laboratory School and College (1985), Shahidia Ali Madrasa (1937). 

Newspapers and periodicals  Weekly: Aajker Sherpur, Panchanadir Teere, Uttaranchal Barta,; irregular: Shastha Banglar Mukh, Sharad Argha, Janatar Samgram.

Cultural organisations  Library 5, club 67, theatre group 1, cinema hall 3, cultural organisation 5, playground 20.

Tourist spots  Palli Unnayan Academy  Tourist Centre, Soudia Park City Amusement Centre.

Main sources of income  Agriculture 61.33%, non-agricultural labourer 2.97%, industry 1.44%, commerce 14.50%, transport and communication 4.47%, service 5.79%, construction 1.88%, religious service 0.16%, rent and remittance 0.27% and others 7.19%.

Ownership of agricultural land  Landowner 50.08%, landless 49.92%; agricultural landowner: urban 31.78% and rural 53.29%. 

Main crops  Paddy, wheat, jute, maize, mustard, kalai, betel leaf, potato, onion, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops  Sugarcane, kaun, china.

Main fruits  Banana.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries  Fishery 32, dairy 181, poultry 172, hatchery 1.

Communication facilities  Pucca road 100  km, semi-pucca road 60 km, mud road 554 km.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport  Palanquin, dhuli.

Noted manufactories  Rice mill 516, saw mill 44, flour mill 251, oil mill 12, ice factory 10, cement factory 1, cold storage 1.

Cottage industries  Goldsmith 72, blacksmith 335, potteries 66, weaving 460, embroidery 547, bamboo and wood work 675.

Hats, bazars and fairs  Hats and bazars are 34, fairs 7, most noted of which are Sherpur Hat, Mirzapur Hat, Ranir Hat, Bhabanipur Hat, Sukhat hat, Chandaikona Hat, Kellapushir Mela, Rani Bhabani Mela and Bijoy Dashami Mela.

Main exports  Paddy, wheat, maize, betel leaf, banana, vegetables.

Access to electricity  All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 19.79% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water  Tube-well 90.86%, tap 0.52%, pond 0.21% and others 8.41%.

Sanitation  33.18% (rural 26.58% and urban 70.62%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 36.22% (rural 39.15% and urban 19.55%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 30.61% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres  Upazila health centre 1, family planning centre 9, satellite clinic 2, clinic 8, veterinary hospital 2. Noted health centre: ABC Eye Hospital 1.

Natural disasters  Numerous people were victims of the earthquake of 1885.

NGO activities  Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, thengamara mahila sabuj sangha, Swanirvar Bangladesh.  [Md. Sirajul Islam]

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

 

 

 

 

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