American killed by primitive tribe in India was there to preach

American killed by primitive tribe in India was there to preach

American killed by primitive tribe in India was there to preach

Seven fishermen who took the 27-year-old John Allen Chau to North Sentinel Island, where the indigenous Sentinelese people live, have been arrested, they said.

The local media quoting unconfirmed source reported that that the American National had gone to North Sentinel Island with a local fisherman almost five days back to interact with Sentinelese tribes, where he was killed by the hostile tribes of Sentinel Islands.

Police have launched a murder investigation, but the Sentinelese can not be prosecuted.

As soon as he set foot on the beach, the victim faced a flurry of arrows, AFP reported.

A community of hunter-gatherers who live in one of the islands in remote Andaman and Nicobar chain have killed an American tourist. The fishermen saw the tribals tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body.

It is therefore illegal to interact with the islanders.

The Sentinelese people have lived on the island for almost 55,000 years and fiercely reject contact with the outside world, according to the human rights charity Survival International.

Indian media said the fishermen told a preacher in the main town of the Andamans, Port Blair, about the incident and the preacher contacted Chau's family in the United States.

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In 2006, the Sentinelese allegedly killed two fishermen whose boat drifted on to the island after they fell asleep. Braving the customary hail of projectiles offered for most overflights, the crew saw that the tribe had survived.

In a press release Wednesday, senior police officer Deepak Yaday said the investigation is still ongoing, but AFP's law enforcement sources provided details about the tragic sequence of events.

The Sentinelese people have expressed a wish to remain uncontacted on multiple occasions, with the occasional violent clash.

Director Stephen Corry said the Indian government had recently eased restrictions on foreign tourists, allowing them to visit a host of inhabited and uninhabited islands-although not including North Sentinel.

The island group is about 850 miles (1,370 kilometers) east of the Indian subcontinent.

The U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India, said it was "aware of reports" about the case.

"We are aware of reports concerning a USA citizen in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands", a spokeswoman for the United States consulate in Chennai said in an email. A helicopter attempted to retrieve their bodies but was driven off by arrows.

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