(Last Updated on : 21/05/2010)
Baharampur is a city in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The administrative headquarters of Murshidabad district is Baharampur. It was the scene of the first major confrontation of the Indian Mutiny.
History of Baharampur
Baharampur was founded and fortified in 1757 by the British East India Company. It remained as their cantonement until 1870. The first battle of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 took place in Baharampur. At that time Berhampur was ruled by Raja Krishnath.
Demographics of Baharampur
As per 2001 census, the population of Baharampur is 160,168. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Baharampur has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5% of which 53% are males and 47% are females.
Economy of Baharampur
The major economy of Baharampur is agriculture. Jute and rice are traded. There are industries for silk weaving, ivory carving, rice and oil-seed milling, and precious-metal working.
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