27 Y O American Tourist Killed By Protected Tribe In Andaman Islands

27 Y O American Tourist Killed By Protected Tribe In Andaman Islands

27 Y O American Tourist Killed By Protected Tribe In Andaman Islands (representational image)

New Delhi: An American tourist was killed by a protected tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the police said today. Seven fishermen who took the tourist John Allen Chau to North Sentinel Island, where the indigenous Sentinelese people live, have been arrested, the police said. 

The Sentinelese, whose population in 2011 was estimated at 40, are known to resist contact with the outside world.

The fishermen told the police that they last saw the American tourist being attacked with bows and arrows after he landed on the island towards the southern Andamans. The tribes dragged the 27-year-old tourist to the beach before he disappeared from sight, they told the police.

The authorities in the Union Territory have launched helicopter search teams to look for the body. They said the helicopters are unable to land at the island as the Sentinelese are hostile to any attempt at approaching them.

Only people who have high-level access and permission can visit the protected areas as the strategic Andaman and Nicobar Islands is not only home to the protected tribes, but also has a large presence of the Indian Navy with sensitive installations.