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Karbi Anglong district is the largest amongst the 27 administrative districts of Assam state in north-eastern India. The district is bounded by Golaghat district on the east, Meghalaya state and Marigaon district on the west, Nagaon and Golaghat districts on the north and North Cachar Hills district and Nagaland state on the south. The district is located between 25º33' - 26º35' North Latitudes and 92º10' - 93º50' East Longitudes. Diphu town is the administrative headquarters of the district. The district occupies an area of 10,434 km².

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History

During the British rule, the territory of the present district was part of the ‘Scheduled District’ constituted in 1874. Later, Mikir Hills tract was constituted as “Partially Excluded areas” under the Govt. of India Act, 1935. On November 17, 1951 a new district, the United Mikir Hills and North Cachar Hills district was created by combining some parts of the districts of Sibsagar (now Golaghat), Nagaon, Cachar and United Khasi and Jayantia Hills district of present day Meghalaya state. This was followed by bifurcation of the erstwhile district of United Mikir and North Cachar Hills district into two separate districts: Mikir Hill district and North Cachar Hills district on February 2, 1970. The Mikir Hill district was renamed as Karbi Anglong district on October 14, 1976.

Divisions

The district has three sub-divisions: Diphu, Hamren and Bokajan. Diphu sub-division is further divided into two revenue circles: Diphu and Phuloni. Hamren sub-division consists of two revenue circles (taluks): Hamren and Silonijan; and Bokajan sub-division consists of two revenue circles: Bokajan and Donkamokam.

  • Diphu Sub-Division
    • Diphu Revenue Circle
    • Phuloni Revenue Circle
  • Bokajan Sub-Division
    • Bokajan Revenue Circle
    • Donkamokam Revenue Circle
  • Hamren Sub-Division
    • Hamren Revenue Circle
    • Silonijan Revenue Circle

The four Vidhan Sabha constituencies of the district are Bokajan, Howraghat, Diphu and Baithalangso. All are part of the Autonomous District Lok Sabha constituency.

Diphu town is the district headquarters. Other towns of this district are Bokajan, Donkamokam, Dokmoka, Hamren and Howraghat. Total number of villages in this district is 2633.

Demography

Population of this district is 813,311, Hindus 670,139, Christians 117,738, Muslims 18,091 (2.22%), (male 422,250, female 391,061).[1] Population density is 78 per km² (2001 census). The literacy rate is 47.04% (male 60.81%, female 39.19%) (2001 census). A number of indigenous peoples reside in this district. The Karbis are the most prominent amongst them. Other indigenous peoples residing in this district include the Rengma Nagas, the Dimasas, the Bodos, the Kukis, the Garos, the Tiwas, the Khasis, the Thadous, the Hmars, the Mizos and the Chakmas.

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Coordinates: 26°00′N 93°30′E / 26°N 93.5°E / 26; 93.5

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