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American killed in Andamans

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Published on November 24, 2018 with No Comments

A fatal entry into no-entry zone

John Allen Chau, the American national allegedly killed by people belonging to the protected Sentinelese tribe in the North Sentinel Island, had hired fishermen to take him there clandestinely, Dependra Pathak, DGP, Andaman and Nicobar Police has said. “They started on November 14 around 8 p.m. and reached by midnight. The next day, Mr. Chau moved to shore using his kayak which he got towed with the fishing boat. After dropping him, the fishermen fixed their timings and place to meet each other.

“In the morning of November 17, 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 Mr. Chau,” a press release said.

They returned to Port Blair and narrated the incident to local electronics engineer Alexander, who had arranged for the transport, and handed him the 13 pages of the journal written by Mr. Chau.

Mr. Alexander informed Bobby Parks, a friend of Mr. Chau in the U.S., who informed his mother. His mother informed the U.S. Consulate, which alerted the police on November 19.

The DGP said access to North Sentinel Island and its buffer zone is strictly restricted under the Protection of Aboriginal Tribe (Regulation), 1956 and Regulations under Indian Forest Act, 1927. All the seven people who helped Mr. Chau were, therefore, booked and arrested in a case for violating the provisions of the PAT Regulations, the release said. A case of murder has also been registered against anonymous persons, it said



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