India–Bangladesh enclaves

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A complete map of the exclaves. Top of the map is east, India is orange and Bangladesh is cyan.

The India–Bangladesh enclaves, also known as the chitmahals (Bengali: ছিটমহল chitmôhol) and sometimes called pasha enclaves,[1] were the enclaves along the Bangladesh–India border, in Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya. Within the main body of Bangladesh were 102 enclaves of Indian territory, which in turn contained 21 Bangladeshi counter-enclaves, one of which contained an Indian counter-counter-enclave – the world's only third-order enclave. Within the Indian mainland were 71 Bangladeshi enclaves, containing 3 Indian counter-enclaves. A joint census in 2010 found 51,549 people residing in these enclaves: 37,334 in Indian enclaves within Bangladesh and 14,215 in Bangladeshi enclaves within India.[2][3]

The prime ministers of India and Bangladesh signed the Land Boundary Agreement in 1974 to exchange enclaves and simplify their international border. A revised version of the agreement was adopted by the two countries on 7 May 2015, when the Parliament of India passed the 100th Amendment to the Indian Constitution.[4][5] Under this agreement, which was ratified on 6 June 2015, India received 51 Bangladeshi enclaves (covering 7,110 acres (2,880 ha)) in the Indian mainland, while Bangladesh received 111 Indian enclaves (covering 17,160 acres (6,940 ha)) in the Bangladeshi mainland.[6] The counter-enclaves, together with Dahagram-Angarpota, will not be exchanged when the Indira-Mujib agreement of 1974 is finally implemented.[2] The enclave residents are to be allowed to either reside at their present location or move to the country of their choice.[7] The physical exchange of enclaves will be implemented in phases between 31 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.[8] The enclaves stand exchanged on the midnight of 31 July 2015 and the transfer of enclave residents is expected to be completed by 30 November 2015.[9] After the Land Boundary Agreement, India lost around 40 km² (10,000 acres) to Bangladesh.[10][11]

History[edit]

According to a popular legend, the enclaves were used as stakes in card or chess games centuries ago between two regional kings, the Raja of Koch Bihar and the Maharaja of Rangpur.[2] As far as historical records are concerned, the little territories were apparently the result of a confused outcome of a 1713 treaty between the Kingdom of Koch Bihar and the Mughal Empire. Possibly, the Kingdom and the Mughals ended a war without determining a boundary for what territories had been gained or lost.[12]

After the partition of India in 1947, Rangpur was joined to East Pakistan, and Cooch Behar district was merged in 1949 with India. The desire to "de-enclave" most of the enclaves was manifested in a 1958 agreement between Jawaharlal Nehru and Feroz Khan Noon, the respective Prime Ministers, for an exchange between India and Pakistan without considering loss or gain of territory. But the matter then worked into a Supreme Court case in India, and the Supreme Court ruled that a constitutional amendment was required to transfer the land. So the ninth amendment was introduced to facilitate the implementation of the agreement. The amendment could not be passed because of an objection to transfer of southern Berubari enclave.[2][13] Because of India's deteriorated relations with Pakistan, the issue remained unsolved. With that agreement not ratified, negotiations restarted after East Pakistan became independent as Bangladesh in 1971 following the Bangladesh Liberation War.[citation needed]

Agreement[edit]

The diagramatic sketch of Cooch Behar district of West Bengal marking enclaves

The Land Boundary Agreement was signed on 16 May 1974 between Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which provided for the exchange of enclaves and the surrender of adverse possessions. Under the agreement, India retained the Berubari Union No. 12 enclave while Bangladesh retained the Dahagram — Angorpota exclaves with India providing access to it by giving a 178-by-85-metre (584 ft × 279 ft) corridor, called the Tin Bigha Corridor. Bangladesh quickly ratified the agreement in 1974 but India failed to do so. The issue of the undemarcated land boundary of approximately 6.1 kilometres (3.8 mi) in three sectors — Daikhata-56 in West Bengal, Muhuri River-Belonia in Tripura and Lathitila-Dumabari in Assam — also remained unsolved. The Teen Bigha Corridor was leased to Bangladesh in 1992 amid local opposition.[2]

The list of enclaves was prepared in 1997 by the two countries. Two Joint Boundary Working Groups were formed to work out the details of enclaves in 2001. A joint census was carried out in May 2007. In September 2011, India signed the Additional Protocol for the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh.[14] Both nations announced an intention to swap 162 enclaves, giving residents a choice of nationality.[15][16][17]

Under the agreement, India received 51 of the 71 Bangladeshi enclaves (from 51 to 54 of the 74 chhits) that are inside India proper (7,110.2 acres, 2,877.4 ha), while Bangladesh received 95 to 101 of the 103 Indian enclaves (111 out of 119 chhits) that are inside Bangladesh proper (17,160.63 acres, 6,944.66 ha).[6][2] Apparently Bangladesh retained the 4,617 acres (1,868 ha) of its Dahagram-Angarpota exclave. India acquired 2,777.038 acres (1,123.827 ha) adverse possession areas and transferred 2,267.682 acres (917.698 ha) adverse possession areas to Bangladesh. After the exchange enclaves, India lost around 40 km²(10,000 acres) to Bangladesh. According to July 2010 joint census, there were 14,215 people residing in Bangladeshi enclaves in India and 37,269 people residing in Indian enclaves in Bangladesh.[18] The people living in these enclaves without a nationality will be allowed to choose their nationality.[19]

The Constitution (119th Amendment) Bill, 2013 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament of India, on 18 December 2013.[7][20][21][22][23][24] The parliament panel, Standing Committee on External Affairs, approved the bill in November 2014.[25][26] The Rajya Sabha approved the constitutional amendment on 6 May 2015, and the Lok Sabha approved it the following day.[4] President of India Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Act on 28 May 2015.[5]

On 6 June 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ratified the agreement during his visit to the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. In the presence of Modi and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the foreign secretaries of the two countries signed the instruments of the land exchange.[27] The physical exchange of enclaves and land parcels in adverse possession, and the boundary demarcation, will be implemented in phases between 31 July 2015 and 30 June 2016. The enclaves were to be exchanged at midnight on 31 July 2015 and the boundary demarcation is to be completed by 30 June 2016 by Survey Departments of the respective countries. The transfer of enclave residents is expected to be completed by 30 November 2015.[9]

Indian and Bangladeshi officials conducted a field survey of enclave residents between 6 July 2015 and 16 July 2015. Seventy-five teams, made up of one Indian and one Bangladeshi member each, were tasked with conducting the enumeration. Twenty-five teams surveyed the Bangladeshi enclaves which would be transferred to India, while 50 worked on the Indian enclaves that would be transferred to Bangladesh. As the enclave residents were allowed to choose citizenship of either nation, by 13 July 2015, 100 families residing in the Indian enclaves applied for Indian citizenship, while none of the residents of the Bangladeshi enclaves chose to go to Bangladesh. New citizenship, if chosen, took effect from 1 August 2015. Nearly 14,000 people living in the former Bangladeshi enclaves became Indian citizens, while about 36,000 people living in the former Indian enclaves became Bangladeshi citizens. Some 1,000 people in the former Indian enclaves chose Indian citizenship and will be relocated to India by December 2015.[28][29][30][31]

Notable enclaves[edit]

Enclave #51, Dahala Khagrabari, was the world's only third-order enclave before India ceded it to Bangladesh in 2015. It was a piece of India within Bangladesh, within India, within Bangladesh. Less than 7,000 square metres (0.70 ha; 1.7 acres), in area and was the site of a jute field. 28 smaller enclaves existed within the overall complex. (Maps)

Bangladesh[edit]

Dahagram–Angarpota: The largest Bangladeshi composite enclave (combining the first- and third-largest Bangladeshi chhits by area), administered as part of Patgram Upazila in Lalmonirhat zila, lies within the Indian province of West Bengal. It is separated from the contiguous area of Bangladesh at its closest point by 178 metres (584 ft). The enclave has an area of 25.95 km2 (10.02 sq mi) with a resident population of 20,000 people. The enclave lacks basic facilities. The lone health complex remains virtually useless because of lack of power supply, as India refused to allow Bangladesh to run power lines to the enclave.[2] After the exchange of enclaves in July 2015, Bangladesh retained it as an exclave.

The Tin Bigha Corridor, a strip of Indian territory 85 metres (279 ft) wide running from the Dahagram–Angarpota composite enclave to the Bangladeshi mainland at their nearest approach, was leased to Bangladesh for 999 years for access to the enclave. It is available for use by the residents of Dahagram–Angarpota.[2][32][33]

India[edit]

Dasiar Chhara, the fourth largest Indian chhit by area, was the largest stand-alone Indian enclave (i.e., not a composite of adjoining chhits). It lies 3 km (1.9 mi) from the main part of India and has an area of 6.65 km2 (2.57 sq mi). Dahala Khagrabari was the world's only third-order enclave, being Indian territory inside a Bangladeshi territory which is itself inside an exclave of India in Bangladesh, before being ceded to Bangladesh in 2015.

List of former enclaves and exclaves[edit]

Some individual enclaves were composed of several administrative units (chhits and/or mauzas). These administrative units must be differentiated from the enclave as a whole. "This is particularly important for the Cooch Behar enclaves, where the several administrative units which together form some of the larger enclaves are commonly, but wrongly, termed enclaves themselves, or where one component unit commonly lends its name to the whole enclave. ... [T]he official Indo–Bangladesh Boundary Commission figure of 111 Indian and 51 Bangladeshi exchangeable enclaves would appear to count only individual mauzas, even when these consisted of more than one enclave."[2] There is not a one-to-one relationship between enclaves, chhits and mauzas.[2]

All of the information shown in the following two tables has been assembled from Whyte.[2]

Bangladesh[edit]

In order to distinguish chhits having the same names, serial numbers established by Banerjee (1966)[34] are shown in parentheses, as (#). The Bangladesh series is separate from the India series.

With 4 exceptions (Chhat Tilai, Baikunthapur Teldhar (#3, #4, #5)), the first-order enclaves, including the 3 composite enclaves, lie entirely within the Cooch Behar District of West Bengal state, India. All 21 counter-enclaves lie within the Rangpur Division of Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi enclaves had an estimated population of 14,215 in 2015.[28]

Bangladeshi Chhits Within Indian Territory[2][5] Area (km2) Area (mi2) Notes
Dahagram-Angarpota 18.684 7.214 Largest composite exclave of Bangladesh within India, comprises the contiguous Dahagram and Angarpota chhits.
Dahagram❋ 15.690 6.058 Largest chhit of Bangladesh, part of the Dahagram-Angarpota composite exclave within India.
Nalgram 7.705 2.975 Composite exclave of Bangladesh within India, comprises the contiguous Falnapur and Nalgram (#52) chhits.
Nalgram (#52)❋ 5.655 2.183 Part of the Nalgram composite exclave within India (area includes 2 other smaller chhits, each itself an exclave and true enclave, each also named Nalgram (#53, #54)). Surrounds the Indian counter-enclave, Nalgram Chhit (#111).
Nalgram (#53) see #52 see #52 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Nalgram (#52).
Nalgram (#54) see #52 see #52 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Nalgram (#52).
Angarpota❋ 2.994 1.156 Part of the Dahagram-Angarpota composite exclave within India.
Dakshin Masaldanga <2.797 <1.080 Composite exclave of Bangladesh within India, comprises the contiguous Kachua and Dakshin Masaldanga (#74) chhits.
Poaturkuthi 2.387 0.922 First-order enclave within India.
Batrigach (#59) 2.337 0.902 First-order enclave within India (area includes the smaller Batrigach (#60), itself an exclave and true enclave). Surrounds the Indian counter-enclave, Madnakura Chhit in Bhoti Nath Batrigach.
Batrigach (#60) see #59 see #59 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Batrigach (#59).
Dakshin Masaldanga (#74)❋ 2.312 0.893 Part of the Dakshin Masaldanga composite exclave (along with Kachua chhit) within India; area includes 6 other smaller chhits, each also named Dakshin Masaldanga (#73, 75, 76, 77, 78 & 90), each itself an exclave and true enclave.
Dakshin Masaldanga (#73) see #74 see #74 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Dakshin Masaldanga (#74).
Dakshin Masaldanga (#75) see #74 see #74 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Dakshin Masaldanga (#74).
Dakshin Masaldanga (#76) see #74 see #74 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Dakshin Masaldanga (#74).
Dakshin Masaldanga (#77) see #74 see #74 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Dakshin Masaldanga (#74).
Dakshin Masaldanga (#78) see #74 see #74 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Dakshin Masaldanga (#74).
Dakshin Masaldanga (#90) see #74 see #74 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Dakshin Masaldanga (#74).
Falnapur❋ 2.050 0.792 Part of the Nalgram composite exclave within India.
Sibprasad Mustafi (#67) 1.510 0.583 First-order enclave within India (area includes the smaller Sibprasad Mustafi (#68), itself an exclave and true enclave).
Sibprasad Mustafi (#68) see #67 see #67 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Sibprasad Mustafi (#67).
Chhit Kuchlibari 1.500 0.579 First-order enclave within India.
Bala Pukhari 1.342 0.518 First-order enclave within India.
Karala (#63) 1.092 0.422 First-order enclave within India (area includes 2 other smaller chhits, each itself an exclave and true enclave, each also named Karala (#64, #65)).
Karala (#64) see #63 see #63 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Karala (#63).
Karala (#65) see #63 see #63 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Karala (#63).
Kismat Batrigach 0.850 0.328 First-order enclave within India.
Dhabalsati Mirgipur 0.704 0.272 First-order enclave within India.
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 111 0.685 0.264 Counter-exclave surrounded by and sharing borders with two contiguous Indian chhits, Balapara Khagrabari (#42) and Kothajni (#43) (both within the composite exclave named "Balapara Khagrabari" in the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh).
Purba Masaldanga (#87) 0.623 0.241 First-order enclave within India (area includes the smaller Purba Masaldanga (#86), itself an exclave and true enclave). A map from the 1930s and a 1940 source[35] imply that Purba Masaldanga (#86) and (#87) form a single enclave. However, topographic mapping and other sources suggest two enclaves, as listed here, but if joined, they are connected across the narrowest gap separating them, along a beel (marshy former river course).[2]
Purba Masaldanga (#86) see #87 see #87 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Purba Masaldanga (#87).
Paschim Bakalir Chhara 0.615 0.237 First-order enclave within India.
Madhya Masaldanga 0.553 0.214 First-order enclave within India. Surrounds the Indian counter-enclave, Chhit Seoruguri.
Mahishmari 0.497 0.192 First-order enclave within India.
Kachua❋ 0.485 0.187 Part of the Dakshin Masaldanga composite exclave (along with Dakshin Masaldanga #74) within India.
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 110 0.449 0.173 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Dahala Khagrabari (#47), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh. It surrounds the only counter-counter-enclave in the world, Dahala Khagrabari (#51).
Chhit Panbari 0.439 0.169 First-order enclave within India.
Jote Nijjama 0.354 0.137 First-order enclave within India; although not definite, it possibly forms an international quadripoint (one point in common with four different areas) of Bangladesh and India: two parts of Patgram thana (main part and the Jote Nijjama enclave itself) in Lalmonirhat District and two parts of Mekhliganj thana in Mekhliganj subdivision, Cooch Behar District, India.
Chhat Tilai 0.330 0.127 First-order enclave within India, straddling the border of Cooch Behar District (West Bengal) and Dhubri District (Assam).
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 22 0.292 0.113 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Dahala Khagrabari (#47), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Chhit Land of Jagatber No. 3 0.283 0.109 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Dhabalsati 0.269 0.104 First-order enclave within India.
Dhabalsati (#32) 0.245 0.095 First-order enclave within India.
Baikunthapur Teldhar (#4) 0.210 0.081 First-order enclave within Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal, India (area includes 2 other smaller chhits, each itself an exclave and true enclave, each also named Baikunthapur Teldhar (#3, #5)).
Baikunthapur Teldhar (#3) see #4 see #4 First-order enclave within Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal, India (area combined with that shown for the larger Baikunthapur Teldhar (#4)).
Baikunthapur Teldhar (#5) see #4 see #4 First-order enclave within Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal, India (area combined with that shown for the larger Baikunthapur Teldhar (#4)).
Chhit Nalgram (#55) 0.200 0.077 First-order enclave within India (area includes Chhit Nalgram (#56), itself an exclave and true enclave).
Chhit Nalgram (#56) see #55 see #55 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for Chhit Nalgram (#55).
Uttar Bansjani 0.191 0.074 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Bhandardaha 0.162 0.063 First-order enclave within India.
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 113 0.148 0.057 Counter-exclave surrounded by and sharing a border with two contiguous Indian exclaves, Balapara Khagrabari (#42) and Kothajni (#43) (both within the composite exclave named "Balapara Khagrabari" in the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh).
Purba Chhit Masaldanga (#84) 0.142 0.055 First-order enclave within India (area includes the smaller Purba Chhit Masaldanga (#83), itself an exclave and true enclave).
Purba Chhit Masaldanga (#83) see #84 see #84 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Purba Chhit Masaldanga (#84).
Bara Saradubi 0.141 0.054 First-order enclave within India; forms an international quadripoint (one point in common with four different areas) of Bangladesh and India: two parts of Hatibandha thana (main part and the Bara Saradubi enclave itself) in Lalmonirhat District and two parts of Sitalkuchi thana in Mathabhanga subdivision, Cooch Behar District, India.
Chandrakhan 0.140 0.054 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian true enclave/exclave, Dasiar Chhara (#117), located within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Madhya Bakalir Chhara 0.132 0.051 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Land of Jagatber No. 1 0.124 0.048 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Kokoabari 0.1193 0.0461 First-order enclave within India.
Paschim Masaldanga (#79) 0.1193 0.0461 First-order enclave within India (area includes Paschim Masaldanga (#80), itself an exclave and true enclave).
Paschim Masaldanga (#80) see #79 see #79 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for Paschim Masaldanga (#79).
Uttar Masaldanga 0.1104 0.0426 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Land of Jagatber No. 2 0.1096 0.0423 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Land of Dhabalguri No. 2 0.1086 0.0419 First-order enclave within India.
Bansua Khamar Gitaldaha 0.0993 0.0383 First-order enclave within India.
Uttar Dhaldanga (#93) 0.0966 0.0373 First-order enclave within India (area includes 2 other smaller chhits, each itself an exclave and true enclave, each also named Uttar Dhaldanga (#92, #94)).
Uttar Dhaldanga (#92) see #93 see #93 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Uttar Dhaldanga (#93).
Uttar Dhaldanga (#94) see #93 see #93 First-order enclave within India, area combined with that shown for the larger Uttar Dhaldanga (#93).
Chhit Dhabalguri 0.0903 0.0349 First-order enclave within India.
Durgapur 0.0848 0.0327 First-order enclave within India.
Nazirganj (#10) 0.0799 0.0308 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Bewladanga (#39), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Teldhar (#1) 0.0586 0.0226 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian true enclave/exclave, Garati (#1), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh (area includes the smaller Teldhar (#2), itself an exclave and true enclave).
Teldhar (#2) see #1 see #1 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian true enclave/exclave, Garati (#1), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh, area combined with that shown for the larger Teldhar (#1).
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 112 0.0571 0.0220 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Kothajni (#43), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Chhit Land of Dhabalguri No. 1 0.0565 0.0218 First-order enclave within India.
Dhabalguri 0.0506 0.0195 First-order enclave within India.
Purba Bakalir Chhara 0.0495 0.0191 First-order enclave within India.
Madhya Chhit Masaldanga 0.0480 0.0185 First-order enclave within India.
Jongra 0.0334 0.0129 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian true enclave/exclave, Banskata (#93), located within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Paschim Chhit Masaldanga 0.0308 0.0119 First-order enclave within India.
Debi Doba 0.0302 0.0117 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Dahala Khagrabari (#47), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Nazirganj −29 0.0265 0.0102 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian true enclave/exclave, Nazirganj (#27), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Debottar Saldanga 0.0247 0.0095 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Bewladanga (#39), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Chhit Land of Dhabalguri No. 4 0.0184 0.0071 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Land of Dhabalguri No. 5 0.0167 0.0064 First-order enclave within India.
Bamandal 0.0089 0.0034 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Land of Kuchlibari 0.0074 0.0029 First-order enclave within India.
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 99 0.0071 0.0027 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Kothajni (#43), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Dhabalsati (#33) 0.0065 0.0025 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Bara Khangir (#66), located within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Nazirganj (#8) 0.0062 0.0024 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Shalbari (#35), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 13 0.0054 0.0021 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Kothajni (#43), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Chhit Land of Dhabalguri No. 3 0.0054 0.0021 First-order enclave within India.
Amjhol 0.0051 0.0020 First-order enclave within India.
Chhit Land of Panbari No. 2 0.0046 0.0018 First-order enclave within India.
Nazirganj −30 0.0046 0.0018 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian true enclave/exclave, Nazirganj (#19), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Srirampur 0.0042 0.0016 First-order enclave within India.
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 15 0.0041 0.0016 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Dahala Khagrabari (#47), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Nazirganj (#9) 0.00291 0.00112 Counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Shalbari (#35), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Upan Chowki Bhajni, 24 0.00287 0.00111 Smallest known chhit of Bangladesh, a counter-enclave surrounded by an Indian exclave, Kothajni (#43), located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
❋ This chhit is part of a composite enclave and by itself is neither an enclave nor an exclave.
Stated size may not be exact.[2]

India[edit]

The 102 first-order enclaves (including the 6 composite enclaves) and the 1 counter-counter enclave lie within the Rangpur Division of Bangladesh. The 3 counter-enclaves lie within the Cooch Behar District of West Bengal state, India. In order to distinguish chhits having the same names, serial numbers established by Banerjee (1966)[34] are shown in parentheses, as (#). The India series is separate from the Bangladesh series. There were 37,334 people living in the Indian enclaves in 2015.[28]

Indian Chhits Within Bangladeshi Territory[2][5] Area (km2) Area (mi2) Notes
Balapara Khagrabari 25.952 10.020 Composite exclave of India, bordering the Panchagarh and Nilphamari Districts, Bangladesh, comprises the contiguous Dahala Khagrabari (#47), Kothajni (#43) and Balapara Khagrabari (#42) chhits (area includes 6 other smaller chhits, each itself an exclave and true enclave: 3 also named Dahala Khagrabari (#48, #49, #50) and 3 also named Kothajni (#44, #45, #46)).
Shalbari 14.091 5.441 Composite exclave of India within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh, comprises the contiguous Shalbari (#35), Bewladanga (#39), Kajal Dighi, Daikhata Chhat, Nataoka (#37) and Nataoka (#38) chhits.
Dahala Khagrabari (#47)❋ 10.717 4.138 Largest chhit of India, part of Balapara Khagrabari composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh (area includes 3 other smaller chhits, each itself an exclave and true enclave, each also named Dahala Khagrabari (#48, #49, #50)).
Dahala Khagrabari (#48) see #47 see #47 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh, area combined with that shown for the larger Dahala Khagrabari (#47).
Dahala Khagrabari (#49) see 47 see #47 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh, area combined with that shown for the larger Dahala Khagrabari (#47).
Dahala Khagrabari (#50) see #47 see #47 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh, area combined with that shown for the larger Dahala Khagrabari (#47).
Kothajni (#43)❋ 8.143 3.144 Part of Balapara Khagrabari composite exclave, bordering the Panchagarh and Nilphamari Districts, Bangladesh (area includes 3 other smaller chhits, each itself an exclave and true enclave, each also named Kothajni (#44, #45, #46)).
Kothajni (#44) see #43 see #43 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh, area combined with that shown for the larger Kothajni (#43).
Kothajni (#45) see #43 see #43 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh, area combined with that shown for the larger Kothajni (#43).
Kothajni (#46) see #43 see #43 First-order exclave bordering the Panchagarh and Nilphamari Districts, Bangladesh, area combined with that shown for the larger Kothajni (#43).
Balapara Khagrabari (#42)❋ 7.092 2.738 Part of Balapara Khagrabari composite exclave, bordering the Panchagarh District and Nilphamari Districts, Bangladesh.
Dasiar Chhara 6.651 2.568 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Shalbari (#35)❋ 4.811 1.858 Part of Shalbari composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Garati (#1) 3.920 1.514 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Bewladanga (#39)❋ 3.479 1.343 Part of Shalbari composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Kajal Dighi❋ 3.122 1.205 Part of Shalbari composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Daikhata Chhat❋ 2.020 0.780 Part of Shalbari composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#33) 1.758 0.679 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#93) 1.675 0.647 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Kamat Changrabandha 1.626 0.628 Composite exclave of India within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh, comprises the contiguous Bhotbari (#74), Panisala (#77) and Kamat Changrabandha (#75, #76) chhits.
Banskata (#97) 1.275 0.492 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Lotamari (#83) 1.147 0.443 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Kharkharia 0.904 0.349 Composite exclave of India within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh, comprises the contiguous Lotamari (#73), Kharkharia (#71) and Kharkharia (#72) chhits.
Bans Pachai 0.879 0.339 First-order exclave bordering the Lalmonirhat and Kurigram Districts, Bangladesh.
Bhotbari (#74)❋ 0.831 0.321 Part of Kamat Changrabandha composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Natatoka (#37)❋ 0.657 0.254 Part of Shalbari composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Panisala (#77)❋ 0.557 0.215 Part of Kamat Changrabandha composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bara Khangir 0.523 0.202 Composite exclave of India within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh, comprises the contiguous Bara Khangir (#66) and Chhat Bagdokra chhits.
Gotamuri Chhit (#112) 0.512 0.198 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Putimari 0.497 0.192 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Lotamari (#73)❋ 0.449 0.173 Part of Kharkharia composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Lotamari (#84) 0.400 0.154 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bara Khangir (#66)❋ 0.354 0.137 Part of Bara Khangir composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bans Pachai Bhitarkuthi 0.331 0.128 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja 0.309 0.119 Composite exclave of India within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh, comprises the contiguous Najirgonja (#28, #29, #30, #31) chhits.
Garati (#3) 0.298 0.115 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#27) 0.297 0.115 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Panisala (#81) 0.262 0.101 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Kharkharia (#71)❋ 0.246 0.095 Part of Kharkharia composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Ratanpur 0.238 0.092 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#32) 0.236 0.091 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Garati (#6) 0.236 0.091 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#96) 0.234 0.090 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Chhat Bhothat 0.227 0.088 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Balapukhari 0.226 0.087 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#19) 0.219 0.085 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#31)❋ 0.216 0.083 Part of Najirgonja composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Kharkharia (#72)❋ 0.209 0.081 Part of Kharkharia composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Panisala (#82) 0.208 0.080 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bara Khangir (#65) 0.204 0.079 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#25) 0.198 0.076 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh. Najirgonja (#25) and (#26) are shown joined as one in pre-1947 maps, but as separate in 1991 Indian census maps.[2][36]
Dwarikamari (#86) 0.185 0.071 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Seotikursa 0.185 0.071 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Uponchowki Kuhlibari (#62) 0.178 0.069 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Kamat Changrabandha (#75)❋ 0.173 0.067 Part of Kamat Changrabandha composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Chhat Bagdokra❋ 0.169 0.065 Part of Bara Khangir composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bara Gaochulka 0.162 0.063 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Dwarikamari (#85) 0.160 0.062 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bhotbari (#63) 0.149 0.058 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bara Khanki Kharija Gitaldaha (#54) 0.149 0.058 First-order enclave within the Nilphamari District of Bangladesh.
Dwarikamarikhasbash 0.148 0.057 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Chhoto Guraljhara I 0.145 0.056 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Madnakura Chhit in Bhoti Nath Batrigach 0.144 0.056 Counter-enclave surrounded by a Bangladeshi true enclave/exclave, Batrigach (#59), located within Cooch Behar District of West Bengal state, India.
Nagarjikabari 0.135 0.052 First-order enclave within the Nilphamari District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#100) 0.134 0.052 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Shahebganj 0.128 0.049 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#104) 0.125 0.048 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#94) 0.1244 0.0480 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Barakhangir 0.1236 0.0477 First-order enclave within the Nilphamari District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#99) 0.1182 0.0456 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bagdokra 0.1032 0.0398 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#109) 0.0986 0.0381 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#88) 0.0904 0.0349 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Kalamati 0.0858 0.0331 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#90) 0.0853 0.0329 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Gotamuri Chhit (#113) 0.0810 0.0313 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Panisala (#80) 0.0729 0.0281 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Garati (#4) 0.0728 0.0281 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh. Garati (#4) and (#5) are shown joined as one enclave in pre-1947 topographic maps, in which the smaller (#5) adjoins the northern boundary of the larger (#4). Later sources (1991 Indian census maps[36] and Banerjee, 1966[34]) depict them as separate.[2]
Najirgonja (#29)❋ 0.0726 0.0280 Part of Najirgonja composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Chhoto Guraljhara II 0.0722 0.0279 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#108) 0.0686 0.0265 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Kamat Changrabandha (#76)❋ 0.0648 0.0250 Part of Kamat Changrabandha composite exclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Dakurhat Dakinir Kuthi 0.0577 0.0223 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#16) 0.0575 0.0222 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#101) 0.0515 0.0199 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Dighaltari I 0.0498 0.0192 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#26) 0.0493 0.0190 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh. Najirgonja (#25) and (#26) are shown joined as one in pre-1947 maps, but as separate in 1991 Indian census maps.[2][36]
Banskata (#95) 0.0492 0.0190 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#89) 0.0484 0.0187 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Gaochulka I 0.0361 0.0139 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Dighaltari II 0.0357 0.0138 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#17) 0.0335 0.0129 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Chenakata 0.0316 0.0122 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bara Khanki Kharija Gitaldaha (#53) 0.0312 0.0120 First-order enclave within the Nilphamari District of Bangladesh.
Shingimari Part I 0.0246 ± 0.0013 0.00950 ± 0.00050 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Kuchlibari (#57) 0.0234 0.0090 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Jamaldaha Balapukhari 0.0212 0.082 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#24) 0.0204 0.0079 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Nalgram Chhit 0.0191 0.0074 Counter-enclave surrounded by a Bangladeshi exclave, Nalgram (#52), located within Cooch Behar District of West Bengal state, India.
Bara Kuchlibari 0.0176 0.0068 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#28)❋ 0.01574 0.00608 Part of Najirgonja composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#20) 0.01566 0.00605 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Bewladanga (#40) 0.01097 0.00424 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#103) 0.01032 0.00398 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Chhit Seoruguri 0.01016 0.00392 Smallest Indian counter-enclave, surrounded by a Bangladeshi true enclave/exclave, Madhya Masaldanga, located within Cooch Behar District of West Bengal state, India.
Banskata (#102) 0.00943 0.00364 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Kuchlibari (#58) 0.00826 0.00319 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Garati (#2) 0.00704 0.00272 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Dahala Khagrabari (#51) 0.00688 0.00266 Dahala Khagrabari (#51) is the only counter-counter enclave in the world. It is surrounded by Upanchowki Bhajni 110, a Bangladeshi counter-enclave within the Indian composite exclave named Balapara Khagrabari, which is surrounded by the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh. Dahala Khagrabari (#51) is not part of the Balapara Khagrabari composite exclave, as it is not contiguous to it and borders only Bangladesh.
Bhogramguri 0.00583 0.00225 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#106) 0.00563 0.00217 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#107) 0.00554 0.00214 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja Chhit (#30)❋ 0.00433 0.00167 Part of Najirgonja composite exclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#22) 0.00421 0.00163 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#21) 0.00413 0.00159 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Gaochulka II 0.00364 0.00141 First-order enclave within the Kurigram District of Bangladesh.
Fulker Dabri 0.00356 0.00137 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Bewladanga Chhat (#41) 0.00336 0.00130 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Garati (#5) 0.00320 0.00124 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh. Garati (#4) and (#5) are shown joined as one enclave in pre-1947 topographic maps, in which the smaller (#5) adjoins the northern boundary of the larger (#4). Later sources (1991 Indian census maps[36] and Banerjee, 1966[34]) depict them as separate.[2]
Najirgonja (#23) 0.00312 0.00120 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#98) 0.00312 0.00120 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#105) 0.00259 0.00100 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Najirgonja (#15) 0.00210 0.00081 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Dahala Khagrabari (#52) 0.00178 0.00069 First-order enclave within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh.
Uponchowki Kuchlibari (#61) 0.00129 0.00050 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Banskata (#110) 0.00113 0.00044 First-order enclave within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Panisala (#79) 0.00109 0.00042 The smallest Indian true enclave; located within the Lalmonirhat District of Bangladesh.
Natatoka (#38)❋ 0.00105 0.00041 Smallest known chhit of India, part of Shalbari composite exclave; located within the Panchagarh District of Bangladesh; borders Bangladesh and Shalbari (#35).
❋ This chhit is part of a composite enclave and by itself is neither an enclave nor an exclave.
Stated size may not be exact.[2]

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