Keshpur (community development block)

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Community development block
Keshpur is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 22°33′16″N 87°27′40″E / 22.554497°N 87.461149°E / 22.554497; 87.461149Coordinates: 22°33′16″N 87°27′40″E / 22.554497°N 87.461149°E / 22.554497; 87.461149
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Paschim Medinipur
 • Total 481.50 km2 (185.91 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 288,494
 • Density 600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
 • Official Bengali, Nepali
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Ghatal
Vidhan Sabha constituency Keshpur

Keshpur (community development block) is an administrative division in Medinipur Sadar subdivision of Paschim Medinipur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Keshpur and Anandapur police stations serve this block. Headquarters of this block is at Keshpur.[1][2]


Keshpur is located at 22°33′16″N 87°27′40″E / 22.554497°N 87.461149°E / 22.554497; 87.461149.

Keshpur community development block has an area of 481.50  km2.[2]

Gram panchayats[edit]

Gram panchayats of Keshpur block/ panchayat samiti are: Amanpur, Amarkuchi, Anandapur, Dhalhara, Enayatpur, Golar, Jagganathpur, Jhentla, Jorakeudi-Solidiha, Kalagram, Keshpur, Mugbasan, Sarishakhola, Sirsa and Teghori.[3]


As per 2001 census, Keshpur block had a total population of 288,494, out of which 147,743 were males and 140,751 were females. Keshpur block registered a population growth of 19.37 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for the combined Midnapore district was 14.87 per cent.[2] Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.45 per cent.[4]

Electoral area control[edit]

After the 1998 panchayat elections, the Trinamool Congress started from this one-horse town, a programme to mobilise the surrounding villagers. It meant challenging the CPI(M)'s domination over the electoral process. It is widely suspected that particularly in the rural areas it followed a regime perfected by them in which the non-party voters were virtually debarred from voting. The Keshpur rebels began questioning this.[5] Between 1998 and 2001 Keshpur was caught in bloody clashes between the CPI(M) and the Trinamul Congress over control of the area.[6] Keshpur became a place synonymous with political vendetta and bloodshed.[7]


  1. ^ "Contact details of Block Development Officers". Paschim Medinipur district. West Bengal Government. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Provisional population totals, West Bengal, Table 4, (erstwhile) Medinipur District". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Allocation of 3rd SFC (untied) Fund" (PDF). Paschim Medinipur district. Government of West Bengal - Department of Panchayats & Rural Development. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, West Bengal. Table 4". Census of India 2001, Medinipur district. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  5. ^ "The Road from Keshpur". India Today. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  6. ^ Jana, Naresh (2006-04-14). "Not in fray, but on all minds". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 14 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  7. ^ Mary, John (2008-03-10). "Killing fields of Kerala’s Keshpur". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 10 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-11.