The Battle of Barapind
The Battle of Barapind or the Battle of Basantar (December 4 - December 16, 1971) was one of the vital battles fought in this village as part of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 in the estern sector of Pakistan.
Before partition its name was Bara Pind Lohtian. It is located in the northern part of pre-partition Punjab close to the border with the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Before partition, this area was in district Gurdaspur. At the time of the partition, the village had approximately 400 houses of Hindu and 100 houses of Muslim families.
Brother Hood of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhis
Festivals, Events and Funfairs
The religious and seasonal festivals were the big events of their lives and were celebrated with a lot of funfair.
The village life was by and large very peaceful. Disputes were settled by the panchayat (council) of village elders and police never came to the village. No murders or other major crimes are reported in that area during those days.
The square of the village was an open space of about half an acre in area with a number of shops around it. Large mango orchards surrounded the village.
An unpaved road passed through the village, coming from Jammu through Samba, Tanda, and Darman up to Amritsar. There used to be a diesel bus service between Samba and Amritsar that passed through the village once a day. The nearest railway station was Shakargarh, about 8 miles away.
Educational Institutes and Hospital
The land was very fertile and was irrigated through wells.
The village was called Lohtian either because the businessmen of the area used to bring loha (iron) from Amritsar for selling, or more likely, because the cast of the Hindu Khatri clan that used to live there was Lohtia.