The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Nagas
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: Nagas of the Sibsagar frontier
medium: reports
location: Wakching (Jaktung) Failung Golaghat
date: 1893
date: 1894
text: 21. The Nagas of Changnoi, Lungchang, Molung, Jaktung, Kongan and Khulungia changs paid visits of courtesy and brought in as presents goats, fowls, daos, spears and other petty Naga articles. The case of the Jaktung Nagas, reported to have been pending in paragraph 27 of the report of 1892-93, was disposed of during the year. Four Nagas of Failung chang were tried by the Sessions Judge under section 302, Indian Penal Code, and sentenced to transportation for life. Subsequently the chiefs and the Nagas of Failung and some other changs petitioned the Chief Commissioner for pardon to be granted to the said four Nagas under section 401, Criminal Procedure Code. The Chief Commissioner granted the pardon conditionally on the Jaktung chang being reconciled to the Failung chang, and directed that the Failung chief be informed accordingly.
text: No serious incident worthy of notice occurred during the year. The Nagas visiting the plains behaved very well and their relations with the district were peaceful.
text: During the year two cases of theft by Nagas on the Sibsagar frontier occurred, one in the sadr subdivision in which one Naga was punished with two months' rigorous imprisonment under section 379 for stealing two iron bolts, and the other in the Jorhat subdivision in which another Naga received 25 stripes under the same section for stealing four pots of gur (molasses) from a shopkeeper. In Golaghat, one Naga was sentenced to two months' rigorous imprisonment under section 457, Indian Penal Code, for entering into the house of a Musalman at night to steal fowls.