The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Relations with frontier tribes
caption: Naga Hills District
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Foreign Affairs
caption: punitive expedition to punish Noagaon for raiding Deka Haimong
medium: reports
location: Noagaon Merangkhang Molungyimchen (Deka Haimong)
date: 1885
date: 1886
text: At the close of the year the Deputy-Commissioner received intimation that the village of Noagaon, or Merangkhang, within this new area, had raided on another village called Deka Haimong, burning it down and killing several persons. On the latter village applying to the Deputy-Commissioner for protection, an order was issued to the bariks of Noagaon to appear at Wokha, and answer for their conduct; the village, however, refused to obey and threatened the Government messenger with violence. The Chief Commissioner accordingly ordered a punitive expedition to be undertaken at once against the refractory village. The history of this expedition, which started after the close of the year, falls into the report for 1886-87. It may, however, here be stated that the expedition successfully accomplished its object. The village of Noagaon proved defiant to the last, but the inhabitants fled on the approach of the military and frontier police. It was found necessary to burn the village and to quarter a detachment of frontier police upon it to prevent the villagers returning. The result was that seven of the culprits were surrendered, and are now being made over to the Deputy-Commissioner for punishment. The Chief Commissioner has further ordered the village to be fined for contumacy, the mere destruction of a few huts being no punishment whatever. The village of Naogaon has learnt a lesson which it will probably remember for some time, and which will be a warning to other villages similarly disposed.