Chilling final words of man slain by tribe

An American visitor to one of the islands in India's remote Andaman and Nicobar chain has been killed by a community of hunter-gatherers who live there isolated from the outside world, two police officials said on Wednesday.

The tribe comprising some 50 to 100 people have lived in isolation for almost 60,000 years.

"We recently learned from an unconfirmed report that John Allen Chau was reported killed in India while reaching out to members of the Sentinelese Tribe in the Andaman Islands", members of the Chau family said in a post on his Instagram page. "We are handling the case with utmost sensitivity towards this human treasure", he said.

"In the morning of 17 November, they saw a dead person being buried at the shore which from the silhouette of the body, clothing and circumstances appeared to be the body of Chau", the release said clearly defining the circumstances leading to Chau's death, nearly five days after the incident.

However, director general of police in Andaman and Nicobar, Dependra Pathak, told TNM: "He lived in Alabama, US". "He invited that aggression". "I do not know what made this American visit the island, but this tribe has stayed in isolation for so long that I do not blame them for what they saw as an intrusion and a threat", said the professor. Police officer Vijay Singh said Thursday morning that police were exploring their options since they can not go directly to the restricted area and confront the tribespeople.

On his first day, Chau interacted with some tribesmen who survive by hunting, fishing and collecting wild plants until they became angry and shot an arrow at him. The 26-year-old adventurer and Christian missionary then swam back to a boat of fishermen that was waiting at a safe distance. Alongside pictures taken in the jungle, he wrote: 'Adventure awaits.

For thousands of years, the people of North Sentinel Island have been isolated from the rest of the world.

Chau went ashore in his kayak on November 15 and sent the boat with the fishermen out to sea to avoid detection, Pathak said.

"A murder case has been registered", said the officials.

"He was attacked by arrows but he continued walking".

"He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and best friend to us", The Chau family wrote in an Instagram post.


On the fateful day, Chau had hired a fishing dinghy owned by fishermen and reached the vicinity of the island on November 16, before transferring to a canoe and "His body, spotted the following day by the fishermen on their return, has not yet been retrieved", the official added, according to the BBC article.

"He ventured on his own free will and his local contacts need not be persecuted or his own actions".

Local daily Andaman Sheekha newspaper quoted sources to report that Chau visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands five times in the past and had a strong desire to meet Sentinelese Tribes for preaching Christianity. North Sentinel is part of the Andaman Islands and sits at the intersection of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

Pathak said a Coast Guard vessel with police and experts on the tribe had gone to scout the island and formulate a plan to recover Chau's body. The fishermen who took him there escaped and told a local preacher who then informed the police and Chau's family in the US.

"The investigation in this matter is on", senior police officer Deepak Yadav said in a press release. Another trip was planned on November 22.

It struck a book Chau was carrying, which an acquaintance said was a Bible.

Corry makes it very clear that "The Sentinelese have shown again and again that they want to be left alone, and their wishes should be respected", he said.

According to the Covenant Journey organization, which organizes trips to Israel, Chau participated in a tour of the country in August 2015.

"He didn't go there for just adventure. A simple thing like flu can kill them", he said.

"I hollered, 'My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you, '" Chau wrote, He also attempted to sing prayer songs and speak their language even as Chau understood that the tribals were enraged by his presence.

Chau was from Washington state, where he attended Vancouver Christian High School.

  • Tracy Klein