Body of Man Killed by Sentinelese Tribe May Not Be Recovered

Indian authorities reported that work is continuing to recover the body of American John Allen Chau, killed by arrows last Saturday by a group of aborigines after trying to introduce Christianity on a remote island of the Andaman archipelago, in the Indian Ocean.

The police opened a homicide investigation and arrested a local friend of the victim, an expert in water sports and five fishermen who helped Chau get to the island.

The spokesman of the police of the archipelago, Jatin Narwal, indicated that “still” they have not recovered the corpse of Chau of the island Sentinel of the North, to which the step for the protection of the tribes of natives is prohibited that it, if well “continue their efforts for this”.

Local officials sent a helicopter and a ship to try to determine from a distance where the remains of the American citizen are located. The police also opened an investigation into the murder and arrested a local friend of the victim, an expert in water sports and five fishermen who helped Chau get to the island.

Indian law prohibits approaching less than five kilometers, as well as photographing or filming this community. “In spite of knowing very well the illegality of the action and the hostile attitude of the Sentinelese tribal towards the strangers, these people collaborated with John Chau for his visit to the island Centinela Norte without permission”, informed the local authorities.

The family of the deceased “pardoned” those responsible for the incident and asked for the release of those arrested, since Chau traveled “of his own accord,” as published in the victim’s Instagram account.

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