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This article is about the city in Uttar Pradesh, India. For its namesake district, see Shamli district.


Shamli is located in Uttar Pradesh
Shamli (Uttar Pradesh)
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
District Shamli
 • Body Municipality
 • Chairman of City Mr Arvind Sangal (BJP)
Elevation 248 m (814 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 147,233
 • Official Hindi
 • Other/s Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 247776
Telephone code 01398
Vehicle registration UP 19
Sex ratio 1000:928 /

Shamli is a historical city and district headquarters[1] in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and a major centre of the Sugar and Jaggery in Western Uttar Pradesh, also commonly known as the Upper Doab region. Shamli is the headquarters of the district. Shamli is located along the DelhiSaharanpur, Meerut-Karnal and Muzaffarnagar-Panipat Highways. Shamli was declared as a district in September 2011 by then Uttar Pradesh Government, almost 150 years after it was stripped of its administrative importance by the British following its role and prominence in Indian Rebellion of 1857.[2]


Shamli is located at 29°27′N 77°19′E / 29.45°N 77.32°E / 29.45; 77.32.[3] It has an average elevation of 248 metres (814 ft).

Notable personalities of Shamli[edit]

  • Ashraf Ali Thanwi (1863-1943),was an Indian scholar of the Deobandi school,he acquired a reputable position as a religious scholar of Sufism among other subjects. His teaching attracted numerous students, and his research and publications became well known in Islamic institutions.


Provisional data from the 2011 census shows that Shamli has a population of 107,233, of which 57,236 are male and 49,997 are female. The literacy rate is 81.97 per cent.[4]

2013 Communal riots[edit]

Communal riots had broken out in Shamli during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.[5][6] According to a May 2015 report in India Today:

Shamli and adjoining Muzaffarnagar districts are considered sensitive ever since large-scale communal violence erupted in August and September 2013. More than 50 people had died and over 50,000 were rendered homeless...The riot that ensued had engulfed many districts of western UP.[7]



  1. ^ "UP gets three new districts: Shamli, Panchsheel Nagar, Bhimnagar". The Indian Express. The Indian Express ltd. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "UP CM changes name of Rampur's Bhimrao Ambedkar Planetarium, Mayawati cries foul". India Today. Living Media India Limited. 18 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Shamli". Falling Rain Genomics Inc. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (PDF), Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011, Office of the Register General and Census Commissioner, India, retrieved 7 July 2012 
  5. ^ "In Riot-Hit Muzaffarnagar, a Beacon for Female Victims of Violence". The Wire. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Thread Bared". Outlook. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Western Uttar Pradesh tense after communal violence in Shamli". India Today. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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