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Pongpha

(Arunachal Pradesh)

Pongpha, a courageous warrior, originated from Kamhua – Noknu, a village situated in Khakham Tehsil within the Tirap area of the Longding District in Arunachal Pradesh, India. The British exploration team, under the leadership of Lieutenant Holcombe, who served as the Assistant Commissioner of Sibsagar District in Assam, and Captain Badgley, was composed of 197 individuals. In the early hours of February 2, 1875, between 06:00 and 06:30, hundreds of Wancho warriors staged an assault on the British Camp located in Sumjanuk within Ninu village. This attack tragically resulted in the demise of Lieutenant Holcombe and approximately 80 British personnel, with 51 individuals sustaining injuries. Captain W. F. Badgley, though wounded severely, managed to survive the onslaught. Pongpha was among the warriors who confronted the British expedition team on that fateful day. His identity was disclosed through information provided by Chaokat while the latter was incarcerated in the jail.