The Hush Post|1:15pm|2-min-read
An American tourist was killed by people of a ‘protected’ tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Police said that seven fishermen had taken the tourist, John Allen Chau, to North Sentinel Island,, towards the southern Andamans. The fishermen have been arrested, police said. A case was registered on Tuesday evening, although there had been no trace of the American for the last four days.
The fishermen told the police that the the American tourist was attacked with bows and arrows after he landed on the island on November 16. The tribes dragged the 27-year-old tourist to the beach before he disappeared from their sight, they told the police.
The authorities in the Union Territory have pressed helicopter search teams into service. They said the helicopters are unable to land at the island as the Sentinelese are hostile to any outside intervention.
The indigenous Sentinelese people live in this particular island. The Sentinelese, whose population in 2011 was estimated at 40, are known to resist contact with the outside world.
Tribesmen do not tolerate intervention
Only people who have high-level access and permission can visit these protected areas.
The Indian law protects the Sentinelese people. They cannot be prosecuted. Any contact with them or entry into areas inhabited by them is illegal. Taking videos of the Sentinelese people is prohibited.
In 2017, the government had clarified that the Sentinelese are identified as an “aboriginal tribe” and that videos showing them cannot be uploaded on social media. They do not use money.
Chau was a Christian missionary
According to local media, Chau had visited the island earlier too. The Andaman Sheekha newspaper quoted sources saying that Chau “visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands five times in the past”. He had a strong desire to meet Sentinelese Tribes for preaching Christianity.