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 on the Lakhimpur frontier
medium: reports
ethnicgroup: RangpangSarkari
location: Lakhipur (Lakhimpur) Panthoi Margherita Nokoya Bor Lunchang Yogli Ledo
date: 1901
date: 1902
text: 189. Complaints were received of raids commiitted by the Rangpang Nagas, who live for the most part some four or five days' journey south of Margherita, and are under the influence of the Singphos, on the so-called Sarkari Nagas, whose villages are found just beyond the Inner Line near Margherita, and who frequent British territory, resorting largely to the neighbouring tea gardens for employment. The Sarkari village of Panthoi was reported to have been raided in this way at the instigation of an influential Singpho chief named Sumbiyanong, and some Nagas from a village named Nokoya, who had migrated to British territory for fear of the Rangpangs, were allowed to settle between the Dihing river and Ledo junction. Again, the headman of the village of or Lunchang having assisted in recovering a coolie kidnapped by the Nagas of the Rangpang village of Yogli, as mentioned in paragraph 56 of last year's report, these people, in revenge, captured and detained the headman, but subsequently released him on hearing that the matter had been reported to the Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur, and that punitive measures were about to be taken. The question of taking steps to prevent the occurence of raids so close to the Inner Line, and to the important settlements of Margherita and Ledo, is now under consideration.