Mathiner Kup

Most tourists who come to visit Teknaf and St Martin’s Island every year do not leave without taking a tour of Mathin’s Well. Many of the tourists become touched by Dhiraj and Mathin’s love story.Located inside the police station compound at Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar district, the water of this well is mixed with the sorrowful tale of Dhiraj and Mathin’s doomed romance.At the turn of the 20th century, a police official named Dhiraj Bhattacharya was transferred to Teknaf. He soon fell in love with Mathin, the daughter of a local zamindar who used to come to draw water from the well at the police station. But their romance was cut short when Dhiraj suddenly left the area after receiving a letter from his father. Without informing Mathin, he took a month’s leave and went to Kolkata in India. Over a month passed, but Dhiraj never returned to Teknaf. Unable to bear his absence, Mathin stopped eating, fell sick and finally, succumbed to death. After Dhiraj’s autobiography, titled “Jakhan Police Chhilam” (When I was a policeman), was published by Lahore Unique Publications in 1930, the true story of their romance was revealed to the public for the first time.