Ten days ago, American missionary John Allen Chau visited North Sentinel Island in the India Ocean to convert the natives to Christianity.
Numerous warnings have been issued over such an endeavour, and the act of visiting certain islands – including North Sentinel – was made illegal to protect both tourists and tribes people.
Nonetheless, Chau went and was ultimately killed on his second visit, escaping attack the first time round.
However, the story progresses, as police are now trying to retrieve the 27-year-old’s body.
On the 24th of November, Indian police tried to recover the body, but were promptly confronted by tribespeople and had to retreat.
Police arrested the fishermen Chau paid to take him to the Island, but they’re now employing their services to find out what happened to the missionary’s body.
Fishermen said that they saw Chau’s body being dragged away after he was killed, where it was taken to be buried.
The police sailed around 400m from the shore and observed the island using binoculars. As they report, they were armed with bows and arrows.
Speaking to Agence France-Presse, regional police chief Dependra Pathak said:
“They stared at us and we were looking at them.
We have mapped the area with the help of these fishermen. We have not spotted the body yet but we roughly know the area where he is believed to be buried.“
In 2006, two fishermen who drifted to North Sentinel Island as they slept when their anchor broke were killed by the tribespeople, with their bodies placed on bamboo stakes, according police.
The bodies of the fishermen were recovered, but police fear they won’t be able to do the same for Chau.
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