populated part of the District. The cultivation of indigo is carried
on, but the industry is declining.
Begusarai Village. Head-quarters of the subdivision of the same
name in Monghyr District, Bengal, situated in 25° 26′ N. and 86° 9′ E.
Population (I901), 9,338. The village contains the usual public offices;
the sub-jail has accommodation for 28 prisoners.
Behar.-Subdivision and town in Patna District, Bengal. See
Behir.--Tahsi in Balaghat District, Central Provinces. See BAIHAR.
Behror.-Head-quarters of a tahsil of the same name in the State of
Alwar, Rajputana, situated in 27° 53′ N. and 76° 17′ E., about 32 miles
north-west of Alwar city, and 18 miles west-by-south-west of Ajeraka
station on the Rajputana-Malwa Railway. Population (19oI), 5,540.
The town possesses a mud fort about 50 yards square, a fair bazar,
a post office, a vernacular school, and a hospital with accommodation
for 6 in-patients. A municipal committee supervises the lighting
and conservancy, the income, derived mainly from octroi, being
about Rs. 2,200 and the expenditure Rs. i,8oo. The tansil, which
contains 132 villages besides the town, is situated in the north-west of
the State, and has a population of 71,082. More than 35 per cent.
of the inhabitants are Ahirs, who are the best cultivators in the State.
Under the Mughals this tract was included in the Subah of Narnaul,
but the real rulers were the local Chauhan chiefs. In the first half
of the eighteenth century the Jlts of Bharatpur overran it, but they
were ousted before the end of that century by Pratap Singh, the
first chief of Alwar.
Beji.-River in Baluchistan. See NARI.
Bekal.-Village in the Kasaragod fa/uk of South Kanara District,
Madras, situated in 12° 24′ N. and 75° 3′ E. It has a fine fort on
a headland facing the sea, which was built by Sivappa Naik of Bednur
about the middle of the seventeenth century. The defences are said
to show traces of European science. The surrounding tract is really
part of the Malayalam country, and was at one time subject to the
Chirakkal Rajas. Bekal formerly gave its name to the present
taluk of Kasaragod, but it is now of no importance.
Bela.-Capital of the .as Bela State, Baluchistan, and residence
of the Jam, situated in 26° 14′ N. and 66° 19′ E. It lies near the apex
of the Las Bela plain, i1 miles from the Porali river and ii6 miles
from Karachi. Population (190I), 4,183. The majority were State
servants, but 356 Hindus were included. The town is not walled and
consists of 400 or 500 huts. The Jam's residence, a tahsil/, a treasury,
a jail, and lines for the military police are the principal buildings.
The ancient name of the town was Armael or Armabel. Sir Robert
Sandeman died at Bela in 1892, and was buried on the south of the