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Lakhai Upazila

(Bengali: লাখাই) is an Upazila of Habiganj District in the Division of Sylhet, Bangladesh.


Lakhai is located at 24°17′20″N 91°13′00″E / 24.2889°N 91.2167°E / 24.2889; 91.2167. It has 19465 units of house hold and total area 196.56 km². Lakhai is the connecting point of 3 administrative divisions Sylhet, Dhaka & Chittagong of Bangladesh. It is surrounded by Habiganj Sadar Upazila, Baniachang Upazila, Madhabpur Upazila of Habiganj, Nasirnagar Upazila of Brahmanbaria and Astagram Upazila of Kishoreganj where Lakhai Upazila is the centre Point. Main rivers- Meghna, Sutang, Monikhai, Balabhadra rivers.



Lakhai is located in Bangladesh
Location in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 24°17.3′N 91°13′E / 24.2883°N 91.217°E / 24.2883; 91.217
Country Bangladesh
Sylhet Division
Habiganj District
Area Total196.56 km2 (75.9 sq mi)
Population Total (1991)
Density561/km2 (1,453/sq mi)
Time zoneBST (UTC+6)



As of the 1991 Bangladesh census, Lakhai has a population of 110319. Males constitute are 49.24% of the population, and females 50.76%. This Upazila's eighteen up population is 53164. Lakhai has an average literacy rate of 21.6% (7+ years), and the national average of 32.4% literate. [1]


Lakhai has 6 Unions Parishad, 70 Mouzas and 63 villages is administered by an Upazila Nirbahi Officer.




Lakhai thana, now an upazila, was established in 1922. 

Lakhai Upazila's Head Quarter was shifted at the movement of people in 1983, started in 1974 centering the demand of establishing Thana Health Complex at the middle of Thana. On 19 January 1979 President Zia went to middle place of Bamai union instead of then proper union Lakhai and declared Lakhai as his thana. People of Lakhai Union filed writ against Presidential Order & movement were continued by both Lakhai Union and Bamai Union people for establishing Thana Headquarter in their own union. For Bamai union people Kadar Ali, Brigadier Shabab Ashfaq, Mukhles Chowdhury, Nazrul Islam, Moidor Ali, Tokon Mia, among others led the movement of Thana headquarters shipment to Kalauk of Bamai Union. In early eighties Dr Soroj Kumar Das & associates versus Mokhlesur Rahman Chowdhury were at daggers point in writing to various newspapers regarding Thana headquarters issue to the other fortnight. Retired Army personnel late Kadar Ali & his son Brigadier Shabab Ashfaq's role in making new headquarters at it's middle place Kalauk has been written in the history of Lakhai Upazila. In charge army officers submitted contradicting reports to the government but, finally on 15 April 1983 Lakhai thana's Headquarter was moved to the middle place at Kalauk of Bamai Union was inaugurated by Brigadier General A B M Elias later which turned into Upazila. As Kalauk is newly formed Mouza and Lakhai Union Parishad is 8 Kilometer away from present Upazila Headquarter a township is still in Lakhai, where a police inspection center is located and another police fari (post) is located at Madna of the same Upazila. Later a township was established centering Bamai 24 & 25 Zamindari Parganas as Mokhlesganj named after former adviser to the President of Bangladesh Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury where development council, club, and Mokhlesganj pourashava was also declared. Lakhai was a Police check post on Meghna during British Raj between Sylhet & Mymensing & finally became Thana.


Lakhai is consists of both plain lands & Haor areas, not only self sufficient in food and fish but also exports, is famous for paddy, jute & winter corps.


Lakhai is connected through Habiganj, Ashuganj, Fandauk, Chatiain by road; Bhairab by launch and Shayestaganj, Shahjibazar, Nayapara by rail communications. Alhaj Azizur Rahman Chowdhury regional highway runs through Sarail, Nasirnagar, Lakhai, Habiganj route is important for road communications in this region. Lakhai-Dhaka and Lakhai-Sylhet direct bus services are available.

Educational and Culture

As of 2001 census average literacy rate of lakhai upazila is 28.7.0% (7+ years), where national average is 46.2%. [2]. Lakhai literacy rate is low in general, but people are always advanced as they lived in Calcutta, Karachi & Dhaka all along for mainly business purpose, others are hard working. In Dhaka several thousands people of Lakhai reside where most of hotels, restaurants, Bakarkhani shops, newspaper stores, feriwalas are from Lakhai. Movements for establishing Sylhet Division were also organized by people of Lakhai as they are in large number in Dhaka.

Lakhai is famous for pithas and hospitality, rich with cross cultures of greater Sylhet, Dhaka & Chittagong's flavour & foreign connections, it is unique of Bangladesh.

Important educational institutes are-

  • Amanullahpur Madrasa,
  • Bamai Model High School,
  • Bhabanipur High school,
  • Kalauk High School,
  • Katihara Dayananda Asram (oldest institution of Lakhai),
  • Katihara Hafizia Madrasa,
  • Katihara Islamia Siddiqia Madrasa,
  • Katihara Siddiqia Madrasah,
  • Lakhai AC RC Pilot High School,
  • Lakhai Muktijoddah Zia College,
  • Mokhlesganj Alhaj Azizur Rahman Chowdhury Institute,
  • Morakori High School, Krishnapur High School,
  • Rarishal High School,
  • Zirunda Manpur Tofailia Senior Madrasah.

Notable personalities

  • Abdul Latif Talukdar, Social worker.
  • Abdul Qadir Chowdhury, Zamindar
  • Alhaj Azizur Rahman Chowdhury, first chief editor of the weekly prekkhit.
  • Akbar Hossain Chowdhury.
  • Bhelu Chowdhury, Zamindar
  • Brig Gen Shabab Ashfaq, recipient of Sword of Honor in Pakistan Army was mysteriously killed by a group of Army while in service at Chittagong Cantonment during Sheikh Hasina’s government on 8 December 1999.
  • Ghulam Ali Chowdhury, Zamindar
  • Kadar Ali, Social reformer.
  • M A Gani, Politician
  • Maulana Tajul Islam Lahori
  • Md Golam Mostofa, former PMG
  • Md Ziaul Hasan, former controller of Comilla Education Board.
  • Mochon Mia Chowdhury, Vice Chairman
  • Mofizur Rahman Chowdhury, Principal of Jainta Tayeb Ali Degree College.
  • Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury, journalist, editor of the Weekly Prekshit. He was Adviser (with the rank and status of state minister) to President of Bangladesh in 2006. He was elected president of "Overseas Correspondents Association of Bangladesh-OCAB. He is from zamindar family of Bamai parganas 24 and 25 of Habiganj.
  • Mostofa Ali, former MP and Governor of Habiganj District died in 1975 July in MP Hostel mysteriously, Sheikh Mujib Government arranged state honor funeral.
  • Mukta Dutta Tomar's (Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh) maternal grandfather's house located in Lakhai
  • Prof Nazimuddin Ahmed, former Director General of Higher & Secondary Education Directorate.
  • Rajkumar Chowdhury, Zamindar
  • Ranjan Keshore Chakrabarti, former News Editor, Dainik Barta
  • Ratnagarva Begum Sharifa Aziz Chowdhury
  • Sadat Chowdhury, Retired Government Officer
  • Sanaur Ali, former Additional Secretary of Bangladesh Government.
  • Shamsul Huda Chowdhury, a businessman in Calcutta & son of Zamindar
  • Shukur Ali Chowdhury, Zamindar
  • Soab Mia Chowdhury
  • Soai Mia Khan Lodhi
  • Zarad Ali Chowdhury, Zamindar.

Places of Interest

Lakhai, Bamai, Morakori, Muriauk, Karab, Bulla, Katihara, Mokhlesganj, Madna, Sinhagram, Begunai, Teghoria, Bhadikara, Shibpur, Krishnapur, Dharampur, Moshadia, Fulbaria, Satauk,Sajangram, Begunai, Rarishal, Marugach, Noagaon, Sontoshpur, Zirunda Manpur, Kamrapur, Montoil.