Kohima, December 7: Akho from Phek District won the Naga King Chilli Eating Competition in the local category held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on Friday by eating five hot Naga king chillies.
Interestingly, Tapan from Guwahati finished six hot Naga King Chillies and emerged as the undisputed winner in the tourist category. He was also the overall winner of the 19th Hornbill Naga King Chilli Eating Competition.
Naga King Chilli Eating Competition is organised as an annual event of the Hornbill festival to promote the famous Naga King Chilli to the outside world. It is considered one of the most spectacular events witnessed by hundreds of spectators every year. The event is managed by XL Nagaland and sponsored by Horticulture Department and supported by Oking Hospital and Research Centre, Kohima.
The 2nd position in the local category was bagged by Seintong from Peren and 3rd was Aku Khamo from Kohima. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd position got Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. Seiminlal from Peren and Keneiselhou Viyie from Kohima came 4th and 5th and pocketed Rs 5000 each.
Altogether eight participants in the local category and four participants including one lady in the tourist category took part in the competition.
Secretary, Tourism, T. Mhabemo Yanthan gave away the prizes to the winners of the competition. (Page News Service)