Port Blair, Nov 21: "On 19.11.2018, an email was received from US Consulate General, Chennai wherein it was informed that they had received a communication from the mother of Mr. John Chau about her son's visit to North Sentinel Island where he was purportedly attacked. Acting on the information, A&N Police has registered a case vide Cr.No.91/18 dated 20.11.2018 u/s 302/34 IPC at PS Humfrigunj. Further another case at PS Humfrigunj has been registered vide Cr. No. 92/18 dated 20.11.2018 u/s 282/336/304/34 IPC read with sec 7/8 PAT, 1956 in which seven accused persons have been arrested. The investigation in this matter is on", a press release of SP (CID) said.
Sources said, an American citizen-cum-preacher, Mr. John Allen Chau who came here as a tourist in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has reportedly trespassed into North Sentinel Island on Nov. 16, 2018, where he was attacked by bows and arrows, and was later killed by the tribal members of Sentinelese Community.
North Sentinel Island is out of bounds for visitors, and is home to the Sentinelese (aboriginal tribes), who are known to be hostile and resist contact with the outside world and use to remain untouched by modern civilization for thousands of years, believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world.
The Indian law protects the Sentinelese people and they cannot be prosecuted. Any contact with them or entry into areas inhabited by them is illegal. In 2017, the government had clarified that the Sentinelese are identified as an "aboriginal tribe". Recording their videos as well as uploading their videos on social media or the internet is prohibited.
However, the Andaman and Nicobar Administration is taking all possible precautions to retrieve the body of American National Mr. John Allen Chau, 27 years.