The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: the Manipur revolt
caption: Manipur
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Foreign Affairs
caption: capture and trial of the murderers of Messrs. Melville and O'Brien
medium: reports
person: Maxwell/ Maj. H. St. P.Kerr/ Capt.
location: Myangkhang Koitek Oenam
date: 1891
date: 1892
text: "8. It is pleasant to turn from these undetected crimes to the successful capture of two Nagas concerned in the murders of Messrs. Melville and O'Brien, of the Telegraph Department, at Myangkhang on the 26th March 1891. After leaving Maram and Makhel, I moved camp with the detachment under Captain Kerr to the village of Koitek, and there learned that the men we were searching for resided in the neighbouring village of Oenam. Remaining quietly at Koitek for three days collecting revenue and deciding petty disputes, with Captain Kerr and 18 men I made a night march on Oenam, and surrounded the houses of the murderers and captured them. They were placed on trial, and sentenced to transportation for life. The hands and feet of Mr Melville, which these men had carried off, were recovered, and interred with that officer's remains at Myangkhang.