Kheshepu and Yezami village which share a common boundary along the Tizu River bank clashed over the construction of a Church rest house at Kheshepu village.
Earlier on February 9, 2010 while the construction work was going on, Hovishe Arkha, proprietor of Olympic School Zunheboto belonging to Yezami village, refused to allow construction materials to pass through his land whereby the Kheshepu villagers had to carry materials head load since they had to cross his land to get to the site.
Following the incident, on March 18, 2010, Kheshepu villagers were warned of dire consequences by Yezami villagers and on that same night two houses were burned down. A case was registered to the responsible authorities but no action was taken.
Again on May 2, at around 11.30 pm, Shihoto, GB of Yezami village led a mob of villagers to Kheshepu village armed with guns, catapult and machete and set all the houses on fire completely burning seven houses, granaries, and livestock’s, while those houses which were partially burned were later destroyed with the machete.
According to the villagers, when they tried to save their belongings, the mob fired at them burning their Bibles and money and was even warned by Yezami villagers that they would strike again.
The victims were extended material and financial help by the Red Cross Zunheboto, Pastors Association Executive Secretary, president NPF Zbto district, Sumi totimi Hoho Zbto, DC, SP, and DBs and an FIR has been lodged at the Zunheboto police station.
It may be noted that the bone of contention among the two villages is Yezami villager’s refusal to allow Kheshepu villagers to settle along the Tizu River bank stating that Kheshepu villagers were migrants from the Tapu Tishi area.