The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Chapter IV 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1878-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: skirmishes and the submission of certain villages
medium: reports
person: Himachand/ Sub.
location: Sephima Priphema (Piphima) Mezema (Mozima) Sachema (Sachima) Merema (Merima) Phesama Cheswezumi (Cheswejuma)
date: 6.1.1880-19.1.1880
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: While Colonel Robertson's column was marching among the Eastern Angami villages, no hostilities were attempted from Kohima and Sachima; even the parties sent out daily to scour the jungles were discontinued, as the political officer wished to give the villages in neighbourhood " an opportunity of making their submission and surrendering their guns." ( Firearms.)
text: The Nagas continued to harass the communications. On the 6th January a patrol of the 42nd Assam Light Infantry going southwards along the road from Piphima, had a skirmish with the enemy, losing one sepoy killed and one wounded. They reported that the enemy lost two killed.
text: On the 12th January a detachment of thirty rifles 44th Sylhet Light Infantry, under Subadar Himachand, with thirty Frontier Police under a native Sub-Inspector, was despatched from Kohima to drive the Nagas of Sephima and Piphima from the line of communication above Samaguting, where they (49) had been making themselves extremely troublesome. On the 19th January this party, assisted by fifty friendly Nagas of Mozima armed with spears, surprised a body of Nagas who had collected in the village of Chesima to attack the Nichi post. Eighteen of the enemy were killed on the spot, or afterwards died of their wounds. There were no casualties on our side. The detachment returned on the 25th.
text: Notwithstanding this blow, the Nagas continued to infest the road. Convoys and daks were almost daily fired at, and loss of life not unfrequently occured. The whole line was continually patrolled, but this does not seem to have had much effect.
text: On the 14th January the submission of the people of Sachima, Merima (or Merama) and Phesama,- who had been for some time negotiating with the political officers- was formally accepted, the headmen agreeing to pay revenue and furnish quotas of labour. The inhabitants of Cheswejuma, destroyed by Colonel Robertson's detachment, also sent in to tender their submission and ask for terms.