John Allen Chau appeared to realize that what he was going to do was extremely dangerous.
Mr. Chau, an American, thought to be in his 20s, was skimming in a kayak off a remote island in the Andaman Sea. He was going to set foot on one of the most restricted parts of India, an island occupied by a little, mysterious and profoundly secluded tribe whose individuals have murdered pariahs for simply venturing on their shore.
Fishermen cautioned him about the island. Barely any outsiders had ever been there. Furthermore, Indian government directions clearly restricted any collaboration with individuals on the island, called North Sentinel.
In any case, Mr. Chau pushed ahead, setting off in his kayak, which he had packed along with a Bible. From that point onward, it is somewhat of a mystery what occurred.
In any case, the police say one thing is clear: Mr. Chau wasn’t able to survive.
On Wednesday, the Indian authorities said that Mr. Chau had been shot with bows and arrows by tribesmen when he got on shore and that his body was still on the island. Fishermen who helped take Mr. Chau to North Sentinel told the police that they had seen tribesmen hauling his body on the shoreline.
It was a “misplaced adventure,” said Dependra Pathak, the police chief in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. “He certainly knew that it was off-limits.”
Mr. Pathak said Mr. Chau, from Washington State, may have been endeavoring to change over the islanders to Christianity. Just before he cleared out in his kayak, Mr. Chau gave the fishermen a long note on the off chance that he didn’t return. In it, police authorities stated, he had composed that Jesus had offered him with the strength to go to the most restricted places on Earth.
On Wednesday, in a post on Mr. Chau’s Instagram account, his family communicated profound pity and said he was “a beloved son, brother, uncle, and best friend to us. To others he was a Christian missionary, a wilderness EMT, an international soccer coach, and a mountaineer.”
They likewise appeared to hold out some expectation that he had survived, saying the report of his demise was unverified. They likewise said they forgive the individuals who may have been in charge of his death.
On Nov. 14, Mr. Chau hired a fishing boat in Port Blair, the principle city in the Andamans, to take him to North Sentinel. He held up until obscurity to set off, police authorities stated, so he would not be identified by the authorities.
T. N. Pandit, an anthropologist who visited North Sentinel a few times somewhere in the range of 1967 and 1991, said the Sentinelese individuals — who formally number around 50 and who hunt with spears ad arrows designed from pieces of metal that appear on their shores — were more unfriendly to outsiders than different indigenous tribes living in the Andamans.
Being left alone was very important for the Sentinelese, said Stephen Corry, the chief of Survival International, a group that secures the rights of indigenous tribal people groups across the globe.
“This tragedy should never have been allowed to happen,” Mr. Corry said in a statement, adding that the Indian government must protect the tribe from “further invaders.”
As indicated by the fishermen who helped Mr. Chau, they motored for a few hours from Port Blair to North Sentinel. Mr. Chau held up until the following morning, at dawn, to try and get to the shore.
He put his kayak in the water less than half a mile out and paddled toward the island.
The fishermen said that tribesmen had shot arrows at him and that he had withdrawn. He evidently attempted a few more times to reach the island throughout the following two days, the police say, offering gifts, for example, a little soccer ball, fishing line and scissors. Be that as it may, on the morning of Nov. 17, the fishermen said they saw the islanders with his body.
The seven individuals who helped Mr. Chau reach the island have been captured and accused of at culpable homicide not adding up to murder and with disregarding rules securing native clans and tribes.
In the Instagram post, the family requested the release of the seven and said he had “ventured out on his own free will.”
Another case has been enlisted against “obscure people” for murdering Mr. Chau. Be that as it may, previously, the authorities have said that it is virtually impossible to prosecute members of the protected tribes because of the area’s inaccessibility and the Indian government’s decision not to interfere in their lives.