An American man has been killed on a remote island by hunter-gatherers from the Sentinelese community, thought to be the final pre-Neolithic tribe who’ve avoided connection with the exterior world for days gone by 60,000 years.
Missionary John Allen Chau, 27, was taken to India’on November 16 carrying out a failed attempt just two days earlier s North Sentinel Island by local fishermen. He travelled to create landfall in a canoe alone.
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His body was discovered by fishermen riddled with arrows and half-buried in the sand the very next day, but is not retrieved because the tribe yet, thought to number between 50 and 150 people, are so aggressive towards outsiders. The band of seven fishermen who brought him to the North Sentinel island have all been arrested.
“He was attacked by arrows but he continued walking. The tribals were seen by the fishermen tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body. Morning to get his body on the ocean shore these were scared and fled but returned next,” an unnamed source told the AFP.
Earlier, the Indian government excluded this island and 28 others from the Restricted Area Permit or RAP regime till December 31, 2022 meaning foreigners might go to the island without permission.
“This tragedy must have been permitted to happen never. The Indian authorities must have been enforcing the protection of the Sentinelese and their island for the safety of both tribe, and outsiders,” London-based Survival International Director Stephen Corry said in a statement.
Corry claims the easing of restrictions “sent the incorrect message&rdquo exactly; to foreign visitors. He suggested that there&rsquo also;s the opportunity the unexpected contact has exposed the tribe to potentially deadly pathogens against that they haven’t any immunity.
“Police said Chau had previously visited North Sentinel island about 4 or 5 times by using local fishermen,” journalist Subir Bhaumik told the BBC. “The real amount of people from the Sentinelese tribe is indeed low, they don’t even know how exactly to use money.”
Previously, it had been illegal to even film or photograph the tribespeople with punishments as high as 3 years in prison. Following 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when rescuers flew overhead to check on for survivors their helicopter was repelled by repeated volleys of arrows from the tribespeople, considered &lsquo widely; probably the most dangerous tribe in the global world.’
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