American 'Preacher' Killed by Isolated Tribe After Illegally Traveling to Remote Island


John Chau, 27, had taken a boat ride with local fishermen before venturing alone in a canoe to the remote North Sentinel Island where the indigenous people live cut off completely from the outside world.

A United States national was allegedly killed by the Sentinelese tribe on the North Sentinel island in Andaman.

The seven fishermen who guided Chau to North Sentinel Island now charged with his murder.

Setting foot on this island is illegal in order to respect the Sentinelese way of life and protect them from diseases of the industrialized world.

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

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Police sources said: "He tried to reach the Sentinel island on November 14 but could not make it".

'They were scared and fled but returned next morning to find his body on the sea shore'.

The Sentinelese people that inhabit the island are known to act hostile to visitors, often attacking them.

The U.S. consulate in Chennai was aware of the reports concerning an American in the islands, but spokeswoman Kathleen Hosie declined to comment further due to privacy considerations.

"The Indian authorities should have been enforcing the protection of the Sentinelese and their island for the safety of both the tribe and outsiders", it said.

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India's Ministry of Tribal Affairs has said that, with regard to Sentinelese tribes, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration "has adopted an "eyes-on and hands-off" policy to ensure that no poachers enter into the island". Braving the customary hail of projectiles offered for most overflights, the crew saw that the tribe had survived. After numerous failed attempts to contact and establish communication with the Sentinelese, the Indian government has halted plans to contact them.

Chau had a strong desire to interact with the Sentinelese and had hired a fishing boat before taking a canoe, said the report.

Indian media reports said the American was on an adventure trip when his body was discovered by a fisherman.

In addition to the protected tribes, the islands also host a large presence of the Indian Navy with sensitive installations.

According to NDTV, on reaching Port Blair the fishermen alerted a Chau's friend Alex, a local preacher who informed his family in US. A helicopter attempted to retrieve their bodies but was driven off by arrows.

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