New Delhi (AP) – Indian authorities fought on Thursday to figure out how to restore the body of a US…
New Delhi (AP) – Indian authorities fought on Thursday to figure out how to restore the body of a US killed after landing on an isolated island cut off from the modern world.
John Allen Chau was killed last week by North Sentinel Islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach, police say.
But officials do not travel to the North Sentinel, where people live as their ancestors made thousands of years ago and everybody is seen with suspicion and attacked.
“It’s a hard proposal,” said Dependera Pathak, General Director of the Police on India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where North Sentinel is located. “We must see what is possible, take the utmost care for the group’s sensitivity and the legal requirements.”
The police consult anthropologists, tribal welfare experts and researchers to figure out a way to recover, he said.
When visiting the island is heavily limited, Chau paid fishermen last week to catch him near the North Sentinel, use kayaking to paddle to the beach and bring gifts including soccer and fish.
It was “a stupid adventure,” said PC Joshi, an anthropology professor at Delhi University who studied the islands. “He called for that aggression.”
Joshi noted that the visit not only risked Chau life but also the life of the islands that has little resistance to many diseases.
“They are not immune to anything. A single thing like the flu can kill them, “he said.
On his first day, Chau interacted with some tribe ̵
1; who survives by hunting, fishing and gathering wild plants – until they became angry and shot an arrow on him. The 26-year-old self-styled adventurer and the Christian missionary then swam back to the fisherman’s boat waiting for a safe distance.
That evening he wrote about his visit and left his notes with the fish. He returned to the northern Sentinel the next day, November 16
What happened then is not known, but in the morning the following day, the fish from the boat as tribes saw Chau’s body along the beach buried his remains.
Pathak said seven people were arrested to help Chau, including five fishermen, a friend of Chau and a local tourist guide.
Chau was apparently shot and killed by arrows, but the cause of death can not be confirmed until his body is recovered Tad, said Pathak.
In an Instagrampost, his family said that it hurt him like a “beloved son, brother, uncle, and best friend to us”. The family also said that it forgave its killer and demanded the release of those who helped him in his quest to reach the island.
“He dared out at his own will and his local contacts need not be persecuted for his own actions,” said the family.
The authorities say that Chau arrived in the area on October 16 and stayed on another island while he was prepared to Traveling to North Sentinel. It was not his first time in the region: he had visited the Andaman Islands in 2015 and 2016.
Using a friend, Chau employed fishermen for $ 325 to take him on a boat, said Pathak.  After the fishes realized that Chau had been killed, they left for Port Blair, the capital of the brook where they broke the news of Chau’s friend, who in turn announced his family, said Pathak.
Police investigated the island by plane Tuesday, and A team of police and forestry officials used a coastguard boat to travel on Wednesday. Another trip was scheduled Thursday.
India has a hands-off attitude to the island’s people. Tribespeople killed two Indian fishermen 2006 when their boat broke down and drove on the beach, but Indian media reports say officials did not investigate or prosecute anyone in the death.
India has recently changed some of its rules to visit isolated regions of the Andaman. While special permission is required, researchers say visiting is now theoretically allowed in some parts of Andamans where they used to be completely forbidden, including North Sentinel. Chau had no permission, said the police.
Chau had thought that since school care had gone to the North Sentinel to share Christianity with the native people, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the federal government, said a program that takes college students on tours of Israel to confirm their Christian faith. Chau went through the 2015 program.
“He did not go there for just adventure. I have no doubt that it would bring Jesus’ gospel to them,” Staver said.
Staver said Chau’s last note to his family on November 16 told them that they might think he was crazy but that he thought it was worth it and asked them not to be angry if he was killed.
Before joining Oral Roberts University, Chau lived in the southwestern Washington state and went to Vancouver Christian High School. Phone messages left with relatives have not been returned immediately on Wednesday.