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  • Harvinder Kaur & Ramanjit Singh

Hoshiarpur, 1947


Hoshiarpur District had a heavy Muslim presence and some of the villages here have Muslim names such as Bassi Ali Khan, Bassi Babu Khan, Bassi Qazian, Bassi Umar Khan, Haji Khanpur, Kohja, Shaam Chaurasi, Hariana and so on.

You can find the entire list here

http://www.census2011.co.in/data/subdistrict/216-hoshiarpur-hoshiarpur-punjab.html

People used to live peacefully and one of the villages such as Ahrana Kalan still have old timers who talk about the Rajput Muslim lumberdars, lohars, fakeers and zamindars. In one instance some of the refugees headed to West Punjab from this village actually came back to defend the Hindus and Sikhs from the Jathas who wanted to kill them since they were helping Muslim refugees (link below).

There's also an interesting story about the Punjabi Muslims who stayed in Hoshiarpur and are still living there.

Some of the refugee camps were in Shaam Chaurasi and Nasrala. People in the surrounding villages used to help the kafilas headed to West Punjab during the migration. There is one story that there was an attack on Muslims at Khanaura and the bloodshed lasted for 10-15 days (24:20).

There are several accounts of people helping each other. In the village Dholanwal the Hindu villagers saved their Muslim neighbors. At one point both Hindus and Muslims successfully defended the village from the rioters. When one of the rifleman got tired another one would take his position and fire at the mob trying to enter the village.


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