Change comes around at a cost; sometimes at the cost of environmental degradation, sometimes at the cost of economic breakdown and sometimes at the cost of a dear villagers head. While people of kheng were ecstatic about the kind of economic and infrastructural development the Chamkharchu Project might bring, they were also at the same time terrified about the number of heads it might cost them. “Khekpa is our biggest fear” said one of the farmer. “We cannot have sense of security when khekpas prawl across the village searching for probable heads said the Chhimi during the annual GYT. “.
“We cannot lose a single head at any cost, our head belongs to us not the Government” said Meme Naku an elderly villager.
Khengpa Olo, a farmer from Wamling village who owns a salt plantation said he is sceptical about any good the hydro electric projects may bring. “What good is a Hydel for a headless dead man?” he added.
The Gup strongly advised the farmers to stay inside their homes after 7PM and to walk in groups.