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Bantva, Bantwa ( ) is a small town in Kathiawar, a former district of the state of Gujarat in India.



Bantva is located at 21 28' 60N and 70 4' 60E, at an altitude of 20 meters. Nearby towns are Nanadiya, Limbuda, Manavadar, Vanthali, Junagadh, Keshod, Visavadar, Kutiyana, Dhoraji, Porbandar and Rajkot. The town is roughly 10 kilometers from the Arabian Sea.


Prior to the 1947 partition of India, Bantva was a princely state founded in 1760 and locally ruled until February 1948 by Khan Himmat Khan son of Khan Amir Khan.


Prior to Partition of India, the population of Bantva was approximately 20,000; 80% of its population was Memon. As of the 2001 India census, Bantva had a population of 15,216. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Bantva has an average literacy rate of 69%, higher than the national average of 59.5%, with 57% of the males and 43% of females literate. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Notable residents of Bantva

  • Abdul Sattar Edhi - Humanitarian, Social Worker and founder of Edhi Foundation, which has the largest private ambulance service network in the world.
  • Ahmad Adaya- founder of IDS Real Estate Group, one of the California's largest real estate companies.
  • Late Khan Himmat Khan son of Khan Amir Khan was the Ruling Chief of Bantva, a juriadictional Taluka in Kathiawar, acceded to Pakistan on the 22nd September 1947. The Taluka applied for accession to Pakistan but on 3rd of October 1947, it was forcibly occupied by India.

Khan Himmat Khan was taken prisoner and was subsequently released in the middle of October 1947 and he managed to migrate to Pakistan and was residing in Pakistan till his death. He enjoyed the following rights and privileges in Pakistan:- (a) He was exempted from personal appearance in Civil Courts in West Pakistan and Federal Capital area. (b) He was exempted from Arms rules in Pakistan. (c) He was entitled to use his red number plats of Bantva on his personal vehicles.

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