Rebecca Tamut: Blood Feud in the Eastern Himalaya An Account of a Forgotten Massacre of Police Personnel in NEFA, India


This article brings to attention an event that occurred in January 1963, in which Indian police personnel were murdered by Nyishi tribesman in Chayangtajo, a remote administrative Circle in the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA), today known as Arunachal Pradesh, India. This paper uses oral sources to illuminate how the event unfolded and how it was perceived locally. I will show that this deadly event was the consequence of an on-going tribal feud. By allying themselves with the wrong clan, the police force was considered the enemy of a group of clans among which they intended to establish an administrative outpost.