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Chatra district is one of the twenty-four districts of Jharkhand state, India, and Chatra is the administrative headquarters of this district. The district covers an area of 3706 km². It has a population of 790,680 (Census 2001).This is the district where many person got National Awards from President of India. Deocharan Dangi got National Award in field of Teaching and Prashant got award in field of Social Work. They are very known because they are in Father- Son in relation.HistoryThe territory covered by the present district was earlier known as Chatra sub-division of Hazaribagh district. This district came into existence in 1991.AdministrationBlocks/MandalsChatra district consists of 12 Blocks. The following are the list of the Blocks in Chatra district:Member of Parliament: Sunil singhMember of Legislative Assembly (Chatra): Jay Prakash Singh BhoktaMember of Legislative Assembly (Simaria): Ganesh GanjhuAncient periodIn ancient period, the area covered by the present district and adjoining areas were ruled by a number of states, which were collectively known as the Atavika states. These states accepted the suzerainty of the Maurya empire during Ashoka's reign. Samudragupta, while marching through the present-day Chotanagpur region, directed the first attack against the kingdom of Dakshina Kosala in the Mahanadi valley.Medieval periodDuring Muhammad bin Tughluq's reign, the territory which comprises the present district came in contact with the Delhi sultanate. Later, it became a part of the Bihar Subah of the Mughal empire. Daud Khan, the Mughal Subahdar of Bihar, during the reign of Aurangzeb occupied Kothi near Pokhri Fort on 5 May 1660, without much opposition, and then he moved towards the fort of Kunda which had a very strong fortification as it was situated on a hilltop. This fort was finally occupied by him and was completely destroyed on the 2 June, 1660. Later, Kunda Fort was under the possession of the Raja of Ramgarh. In 1734, Aliwardi Khan advanced towards Kunda after defeating the rebel Zamindars of Tikari (Gaya). He mounted an attack on Chatra Fort and demolished it.
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