Jorabagan

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Jorabagan
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Jorabagan.jpg
Coordinates: Coordinates: 22°35′30″N 88°21′13″E / 22.5916°N 88.3535°E / 22.5916; 88.3535, inline
Country India
StateWest Bengal
CityKolkata
DistrictKolkata
Metro StationGirish Park and Shobhabazar Sutanuti
Municipal CorporationKolkata Municipal Corporation
KMC ward21
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 • TotalFor population see linked KMC ward page
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
700 006
Area code(s)+91 33
Lok Sabha constituencyKolkata Uttar
Vidhan Sabha constituencyShyampukur

Jorabagan is a neighbourhood of North Kolkata, in Kolkata district, in the Indian state of West Bengal. As a neighbourhood, it covers a small area but its importance is primarily because of the police station.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Jorabagan, meaning ‘a pair of gardens’ in Bengali, was so named because the road through it led to the garden houses of Gobindram Mitter and Umichand.[2]

History[edit]

Jorabagan is part of old Sutanuti. It is in this neighbourhood that Job Charnock made his famous landing at Sutanuti ghat in 1690. Mohunton’s ghat between Beniatola and Sobhabazar ghats lurks the forgotten traditional landing place. There was a large tree under which Job Charnock is believed to have rested.[3]

The Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar Parishad, and nine other intellectuals of the city filed a public interest litigation before the Kolkata High Court in 2001 demanding a probe into the matter whether Job Charnock can be regarded as the founder of Kolkata. The Court, upon an Expert Committee finding, declared that Job Charnock cannot be regarded as the founder of the city.[4][5]

In 1888, one of the 25 newly organized police section houses was located in Jorabagan.[6]

Geography[edit]

Nimtala ghat in the neighbourhood is the burning ghat where Hindus cremate their dead.[3] Amongst the more renowned people cremated there was Rabindranath Tagore and the place is marked with a memorial structure. Nimtala ghat now has an electric crematorium.

Police district[edit]

Jorabagan police station is part of the North and North Suburban division of Kolkata Police. It is located at 78, Nimtala Ghat Street, Kolkata-700006.[7]

Amherst Street Women police station covers all police districts under the jurisdiction of the North and the North Suburban division i.e. Amherst Street, Jorabagan, Shyampukur, Cossipore, Chitpur, Sinthi, Burtolla and Tala.[7]

External links[edit]

Kolkata/North Kolkata travel guide from Wikivoyage

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jorabagan Police Station". Kolkata Police. Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
  2. ^ Cotton, H.E.A., Calcutta Old and New, 1909/1980, p 104, General Printers and Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  3. ^ a b Cotton, H.E.A., p. 282
  4. ^ Bangiya Sabarna Katha Kalishetra Kalikatah by Bhabani Roy Choudhury, (in Bengali), Manna Publication. ISBN 81-87648-36-8
  5. ^ Sabarna Prithivi - website of the Sabarna Roy Choudhury family
  6. ^ Nair, P.Thankappan, The Growth and Development of Old Calcutta, in Calcutta, the Living City, Vol. I, pp. 18-19, Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, Oxford University Press, 1995 edition.
  7. ^ a b "Kolkata Police". North and North Suburban Division. KP. Retrieved 5 March 2018.