The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Raid by Angamis on Shipvomi
caption: Naga Hills District
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Foreign Affairs
caption: trial of Khonoma raiders
medium: reports
person: McCabe/ MrWard / Mr
location: Khonoma Shipvomi Khonoma Muram Shipvomi
date: 2.1885
date: 1885
date: 1886
text: The co-operation of the Manipur officials contributed materially to the success of this inquiry. On his return to Kohima, the Deputy-Commissioner proceeded with the trial of the raiders. After some hesitation, the representatives of the three Khonoma khels appeared on the 18th May. The Khonoma men pleaded in excuse that they had to avenge the death of two men of their village killed in the Manipuri Naga village of Muram in October 1884, which murder had been inadequately punished by a fine of Rs.1,000 on Muram. This excuse could not be admitted.
text: In visiting Khonoma last December, Mr. Ward was careful to have it explained by Mr. McCabe that it was because the actual murderers had not been traced that the village was punished by fine. The raid on the innocent village of Shipvomi was apparently a mistake, the raiders thinking that Shipvomi was guilty, because a headman of that village had recently died and human heads and flesh were wanted for his obsequies. A number of villages were implicated in the raid and while it was necessary to punish with severity this daring combination for their defiance of the law, it was impossible to ascertain the share taken by individuals in the crime. The following sentences of imprisonment and fine have been confirmed by the Chief Commissioner: Three ringleaders rigorous imprisonment for 7 years, 24 other rigorous imprisonment for 2 years. Fine on the villages of Khonoma Rs.1,670, Viswema Rs.1,845, Mima Rs.805, Kedima Rs.700, Kigwema Rs.l,000, Jakama Rs.890, and Kekrima Rs.1,650.