245743 - North 24 Parganas

Used at JOYNAGAR MOZILPUR, [Jaynagar Majilpur], 9 June 1972, on an envelope dating back to the 1957 issue, uprated in 1968 by an adhesive from the 1957 issue. 

All examples seen are used in locations within this large district, which was formed from the 24 revenue areas or parganas ceded to the East India Company by the Nawab after defeat at the Battle of Plassey, 1757. 

Metermark: INSURE WITH/ STERLING GENERAL/ Transacting/ FIRE, MARINE & ACCIDENT

Note that it is easy to confuse strikes where the Hindi is above the English [245] with those where the English is set above the Hindi, [225], but the strike is misplaced downwards so that the English is at the bottom of the adhesive and the Hindi from the next row of handstamps up is at the top of the adhesive. Here is an example from Barisha, Kolkata, which is actually 225wb.