Police at a loss over killing of American on remote isle

Sentinel Island

"If you want me to get actually shot or even killed with an arrow then so be it".

"He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and best friend to us", The Chau family wrote in an Instagram post. To others, he was "a Christian missionary, a wilderness EMT, an worldwide soccer coach, and a mountaineer", his family wrote.

William Wilson, President of ORU missions, said: "We are not surprised that John would reach out to these isolated people to share God's love". "He bribed the fisherman with Rs 25,000", he claimed.

Those living in the North Sentinel Island are still lucky to have been left alone to live the way they are. Two days later he went well prepared. After dropping him, the fishermen fixed their timings and place to meet each other.

Indian police have charged the seven fishermen who took Mr Chau to North Sentinel Island, but are not able to charge any of the tribespeople given the island's sovereignty.

NDTV reported the fishermen as saying to the police that they last saw Chau on November 16, being attacked by bows and arrows.

One of Chau's friends, Casey Prince, 39, described him as easy to like, kind, joyful and driven by twin passions: a love of the outdoors and fervent Christianity. He criticized the government for excluding the North Sentinel Island and others in the Union Territory from the Restricted Area Permit RAP regime.

The group sailed towards the island at night in order to evade detection by the Indian Navy or the Coast Guard, both of which implement a buffer zone to keep people away from the island, the Andaman and Nicobar Police said. "The welfare and safety of US citizens overseas is one of the highest priorities of the US Department of State".

"When a USA citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts", she added, but declined to provide further details over privacy concerns. "Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment", the spokesperson said in the email response.

"The only way the Andamanese authorities can prevent the annihilation of another tribe is to ensure North Sentinel Island is protected from outsiders".

Seven fishermen have been arr‌e‌ste‌d in connection with the death, but the Sentinelese who k‌‌ill‌e‌‌d Chau can't be held accountable as contact with the tribes on the islands is illegal.

Chau hired a fishing dinghy and, aided by the fishermen, reached the vicinity of the island on November 16, before transferring to a canoe, the official said.

A local report said that a murder case has been registered against "unknown" tribespeople. It will also "review the institutional mechanism to prevent unauthorised entry of any foreign national in the prohibited/restricted areas and also to suggest measures to prevent such incidents in future", the police release added.

In 2004 a helicopter that was sent to check if the tribe had survived the Boxing Day Tsunami was pelted with rocks and arrows by members of the tribe.

In this undated rare footage, a Sentinelese woman seems to drag a man way from the visiting party. However, experts say their numbers could be anything between 40 and 400.

The Sentinelese tribe have rejected outside contact for more than 60,000 years and are known to be aggressive to outsiders.

"We have tried but the tribe has not shown any interest".

"The most recent to be pushed into extinction was the Bo tribe, whose last member died only four years ago". Before he could say anything, the tribesmen had their bow and arrow at hand and started shooting at him.

Visits to the island are heavily restricted by the government and police and anthropologists are now trying to recover Mr Chau's body.

While special permissions are still required, visits are now theoretically allowed in some parts of the Andamans where they used to be entirely forbidden.

Several years earlier, when interviewed by an adventure travel website called The Outbound, he also did not mention his missionary work but he spoke of his desire to return to the Andaman Islands. "These people are not specimens for tourists to see". They are not to be contacted. We can not expose them for a few dollars. "And we should respect their freedom, we should respect their rights, and we should respect their life also", said Joshi.



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