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Lalgola is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 24°25′N 88°15′E / 24.42°N 88.25°E / 24.42; 88.25Coordinates: 24°25′N 88°15′E / 24.42°N 88.25°E / 24.42; 88.25
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Murshidabad
 • Total 134 km2 (52 sq mi)
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 267,563
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Sex ratio 955 /
Lok Sabha constituency Jangipur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Lalgola
Website murshidabad.gov.in

Lalgola is a town in West Bengal situated near the Bangladesh border in the sub- division of Lalbagh in the district of Murshidabad, West Bengal. It is situated about 225 kilometres (140 mi) north of Kolkata, near the head of the Ganges delta. It is a terminal railway station on the Lalgola Branch Line. It is also a border checkpoint.

Lalgola is surrounded by a number of large and small lakes, small temples and mosques. It is the site of the Lalgola Open Air Correctional Home. The Lalgola Palace had been gifted to the government by Maharaja Jogendra Narayan Ray.



Before Independence and the partition of India, the area was an important business hub. However, its importance declined after it became a border town.[citation needed] It remains a commercial center, with wheat, jute and legumes as the principal items traded there.


Lalgola is located at 24°25′N 88°15′E / 24.42°N 88.25°E / 24.42; 88.25.[1] It is located near the Padma River, which is the principal distributary of the Ganges, and which forms the border between India and Bangladesh in this area; thus Bangladesh bounds the town on the north and east. The average elevation is about 23 metres (75 ft)

The climate is similar to the rest of Gangetic West Bengal. The maximum temperature during the summer is about 45 °C (113 °F); the minimum during the winter is between 8 and 10 °C (46 and 50 °F).

Border checkpoint[edit]

Lalgola is a border checkpoint on the India-Bangladesh border. On the other side is Godagiri, across the Padma.[2][3]

Commerce and health care[edit]

As a trading town and transit point for farm products, Lalgola is visited daily by hundreds of people from the surrounding villages.

There is one hospital in the town, Krishnapur Primary Health Centre. A number of local and visiting doctors are also available for consultation. A local voluntary organisation, Lalgola Sanjeeban, works in health-related fields such as blood collection.


In the 2001 census, Lalgola community development bloc had a total population of 267,563 of which 136,853 were males and 130,710 were females. Decadal growth for the period 1991-2001 was 29.40% for Lalgola, against 23.70% in Murshidabad district. Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84%.[4]

Lalgola Bloc had a total scheduled caste population of 28,222 and a scheduled tribe population of 2,365.[5]

Durga Puja


Almost all major and minor Hindu and Muslim festivals are celebrated here. A popular Bengali proverb is baro mase tero parbon, translated as thirteen festivals in twelve months.

One of the main festivals is the Hindu Durga Puja, when pandals (ceremonial structures) are constructed throughout the town.

Naldahari Eidgah

The Muslim Eid ul-Fitr is also celebrated here. A number of local festivals are also held, including the local Flower Show and Exhibition, held every January since 1986 and also a Local Football event called Lalgola Challenge Cup which is organised by the local voluntary organization Lalgola Sanjeeban , held every year since 2005.Thousand of Football Lovers gather on M. N. Academy field to see this football event....


Lalgola College was established in 2006 and began offering courses in the 2007–08 academic year, under the University of Kalyani.

Mahesh Narayan Academy

The Lalgola Mahesh Narayan Academy provides education up to class XII. It was established in 1914 by Maharaja Jogendra Narayan Ray, the king of Lalgola, in honor of his father.

The Lalgola Rahmatullah High Madrasah was established in 1919. It is recognized by the West Bengal Madrasah Board.

Other schools include Sailaja Memorial Girls' High School and Laskarpur High School; Al Mahadus Salafi 10th standard Bengali Medium School, for Muslims and Shree Padmaprava Digamber Jain Vidyalaya English Medium School, Synergy Mission School, Ramkrishna Vidyapith; and Chamapara Primary School, and several other local and regional madrasahs.

A public library, the Lalgola Mahesh Narayan Academy Town Library, was established in 1913.

Recently, 2 new colleges wre started for lalgola. The Agnibina College of Education (D.Ed college), in 2013 started its first batch from July 2013. The D.Ed college of lalgola located near Dewansarai, 1.5 km from Bhawanipur bus stop, another college is Lalgola Madanmohan Roy Teacher Training College (D.Ed) has started its first batch from July 2013 situated in the heart of Lalgola near Krishnapur Railway Station and Lalgola Rural Hospital.

Open air jail[edit]

Probably, the most special thing about Lalgola is that, the first 'Open Air Jail', officially – 'Lalgola Open Air Correctional Home', was founded here in the year 1987. For this purpose Sri Birendra Narayan Roy, popularly known as Biren Roy, descendants of Lalgola Raj family and erstwhile king of Lalgola, gifted their residential palace to the Government. Royal residence made way first for female lunatic convicts and later, from 1987, the open-air correctional home. Open Air Correctional Home is a relatively new and revolutionary concept. Situated over 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land and mango garden containing about 1000 mango trees, this Open Air Jail is a correction home for the prisoners. Convicts sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 7 years or more and such of them as have already served 2/3 of their sentence and have maintained all along a good jail record are eligible for transfer to the open jail after thorough screening and personal interview by a board constituted for such selection. Surprisingly, inmates get freedom to go out during day time (06:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs). They have their own source of income in the forms of cultivation, goods shops (given by the Prison Authority), Private Tuition. They even get quarters for their families.


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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:11:55 -0800

After the blasts at Khagragarh in Burdwan in 2014, the NIA during its investigation had gathered that JMB's first branch at Lalgola in Murshidabad district was set up in mid-2005 by the outfit's chief Sheikh Abdur Rehman and the second-in-command ...


Mon, 23 Nov 2015 02:16:03 -0800

Muhammed Sakeerullah, 22, a construction worker hailing from Lalgola in West Bengal, was nabbed while making payment with a Rs. 500 counterfeit note after buying diesel from a filling station. He had been circulating counterfeit notes in and around ...

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 02:10:01 -0800

A 40-year-old mother of five was allegedly raped and killed on Sunday afternoon at Rajarampur-Dangapara village under Murshidabad's Lalgola police station. Soon after this incident, the locals nabbed a person who was reportedly roaming about ...
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:34:09 -0700

ত্রাণের দাবিতে বিক্ষোভ দেখাতে ব্লক অফিসে ঢুকে বিডিও-কে মারধরের অভিযোগ উঠল কংগ্রেসের কর্মী-সমর্থকদের বিরুদ্ধে। বৃহস্পতিবার মুর্শিদাবাদের লালগোলার বিডিও স্বপ্নজিৎ সাহাকে চেয়ারের ভাঙা পায়া দিয়ে পেটানো হয় বলে অভিযোগ। তবে মারধরের অভিযোগ উড়িয়ে দিয়ে ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:48:45 -0700

Bandh supporters blocked railway tracks at different stations in the district in Lalgola-Sealdah section and Azimganj-Howrah section of Eastern Railway. A report from Malda, another Congress stronghold, said bandh evoked response in the district with ...

Times of India

Times of India
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:52:30 -0700

"Consignments of the contraband from Krishnanagar-Jadabpur (Bangladesh) border, Lalgola and Chandrabandha-Burimari reached Titagarh. Raja's gang members procured the ganjas and sold them to locals as well as criminals. The criminals, in turn, sold ...

The Indian Express

The Indian Express
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:51:37 -0700

All trains to and from it were diverted to Sealdah, except Hazarduari Lalgola Express, which was cancelled for the day, he said. The city's underground Metro Railway service was also affected for around 15 minutes Saturday morning due to mechanical ...
Business Standard
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 05:56:15 -0700

"With the completion of doubling between Bandel and Katwa, Krishnagar upto Plassey, Lalgola to Jiaganj in the suburban sections of Sealdah division and Tinpahar to Pirpainthi in two stretches of Malda division, eight mail/express and 17 passenger ...

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