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River Garrah flowing through Shahjahanpur
|Founded by||Diler Khan and Bahadur Khan|
|Elevation||194 m (636 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Shahjahanpur was established by Dilir Khan and Bahadur Khan, sons of Dariya Khan, a soldier in army of the Mughal emperor Jahangir. Dariya Khan was originally from Kandahar, in modern day Afghanistan. Both Dilir Khan and Bahadur Khan were dignitaries in the regime of Shah Jahan. Pleased with the services of Dilir Khan, Shah Jahan gave him 17 villages with the permission to construct a fort in 1647, following the suppression of the rebellious Katheria Rajputs.
On 9 August 1925, the Indian freedom fighters Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan, Chandrashekhar Azad and Rajendra Lahiri conducted a robbery of government funds near Kakori railway station. Both Bismil and Khan were born in Shahjahanpur.
Shahjahanpur is located at. It has an average elevation of 194 metres (600 feet). It is situated at the junction of two rivers, namely Khannaut and Garra.
As per provisional data of 2011 census, Shahjahanpur urban agglomeration had a population of 346,103, out of which males were 183,087 and females were 163,016. The literacy rate was 69.81 per cent.
Over the years, the Shahjahanpur gharana contributed eminent sarod players such as Enayat Ali (1883 - 1915), Ustad Murad Ali Khan, Ustad Mohammed Ameer Khan, Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra and Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta.
- Ram Prasad Bismil (Freedom Fighter)
- Ashfaqulla Khan (Freedom Fighter)
- Roshan Singh (Freedom Fighter)
- Prem Krishna Khanna (Freedom Fighter)
- Jitendra Prasada (Former M.P.)
- Naik Jadu Nath Singh (Param Vir Chakra)
- Rajpal Yadav (Film Actor)
- Sadh Orhan (Actor)
- Iftikhar Hussain Khan (Indian Forest Service)
- Krishna Kumar Srivastava (Theatre Actor)
- Jitin Prasada (Former Cabinet Minister)
- Mithlesh Kumar (Former member of parliament)
- Krishna Raj (MP)
- Suresh Kumar Khanna (Cabinet Minister)
- Rammurti Singh Verma (Former Minister of UP)
- Roshan Lal Verma (MLA TILHAR)
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