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Isa Khan

Naib-Nazim of Dhaka

The position of Naib-Nazim (Deputy Governor) was created to administer Dhaka Niabat since 1717. They were appointed by the Governors until Sirajuddaula, the last independent Governor of Bengal, lost control to the British in the Battle of Plassey in 1757. Here is a partial list of Naib-Nazims of Dhaka:

Khan Muhammad Ali Khan (1717),

Itisam Khan (1723 – 1726),

A son of Itisam Khan (1726 – 1727),

Mirza Lutfullah Tabrizi (a grandson-in-law of Murshid Quli Khan) (1728 – 1734),

Sarfaraz Khan 1734-1739,

Galib Ali Khan (1734-1738),

Murad Ali Khan (1738-1739),

Abdul Fattah Khan (1739-1740),

Nowazish Mohammad Khan (1740-1754),

Hossain Quli Khan (1740-1754),

Murad Dowlat (1754-1755),

Jasarat Khan (1755-1762 and again 1765-1778),

Mohammed Ali (1762-1762),

Mohammed Reza Khan (1763-1765),

Ghaziuddin Haider (1834 – 1843).

The office of Naib Nazim of Dhaka was officially abolished in 1843.

The greatest of all the Bhuiyas was Isa Khan, son of a Bhis Rajput of Oudh who had accepted the Muhammadan faith. His principal strongholds were at Khizrpur, about a mile north of Narayanganj, and at Diwan Bagh, and he formed a rallying point for the Afghans of Eastern Bengal who offered a stern resistance to the Mughal arms. In 1584 the Viceroy Shah Baz entered Dacca in pursuit of the rebel Masum and captured Khizrpur and Buktarapur, another of Isa Khan’s strongholds. That chief endeavoured to create a diversion by laying siege to the fort of the Kooh Raja at Jangalbari (Mymensingh) and then attacked the imperial forces on the Brahmapatra. But he was defeated and in the followiuy year (1585) submitted to the Emperor. He was, however, but a turbulent vassal and in 1594 Raja Man Singh, the viceroy of that time, made Dacca his head-quarters in a campaign against him, the troops encamping at Urdu near the site of the present central jail. Isa was driven from Khizrpur to Egara Sindu where he challenged Man Singh to single combat. His conduct was so chivalrous that the two warriors became firm friends and went together to the court at Delhi where Isa Khan received a grant of twenty-two parganas. Even at the present day several of the parganas in the district are described as being situated in tappa Isa Khan. Munawar Khan’s bazar close to the Nawabpur road in Dacca takes its name from the great-grandson of this sturdy soldier.


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