The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Naga Hills district
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: Arms Act; gun licences
medium: reports
date: 1887
date: 1888
text: 37. The total number of licenses, new and renewed, issued during the year was 275 of which 206 were renewed passes and 69 new licenses, against 138 renewed and 40 new passes in 1886. The explanation of the large number of new licenses granted is that unlicensed guns are constantly being brought to light, and it has been thought a wiser policy to encourse the registration of them by allowing their production without penalty, than to have them held secretly without passes. The greater number of new passes were taken out by Kukis. Many of their guns are those long ago served out to them when the Kukis were regarded in the light of a barrier between the Angamis and our territory in what is now the sub-division of North Cachar. Kukis have till recently been allowed to hold guns without an enforcement of the pass system, and it must be a work of time to get the whole of these registered. The following table shows the distribution of the new and renewed passes respectively among the various tribes:-
text: Angamis___Kukis____Kacha____Lhotas___Plainsmen,Gurkhas,
text: The sanction to purchase new guns or old guns, excepting from Nagas, is sparingly exercised in the case of Angamis. The greater number of the 14 new passes granted to the Angamis were for old guns now produced for the first time. There are no arms, ammunition, nor firework shops in the Naga Hills. Pass-holders, after obtaining the Deputy-Commissioner's permission, procure their supplies of gunpowder from Golaghat or Jorhat.