Port Blair: The National Commission For Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has said that the American national killed by Sentinelese tribesmen in the Andamans last month was pursuing a “ planned adventure.”
While interacting with reporters Nand Kumar Sai the commission’s chairperson said that there are many primitive tribes like the Sentinelese in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, contact with whom is prohibited for outsiders. He also added “ Preliminary investigation suggests that it was a planned adventure trip by the American national, John Allen Chau. The investigation is still on.
As remember The US Tourist who visited Andaman and Nicobar, John Allen Chau, 27, was Killed by the protected and reclusive tribe off North Sentinel Island after he reached there with the Help of some fisherman.
The buffer Zone and access to North Sentinel Island are restricted under the Protection of Aboriginal tribe (Regulation), 1956 and under the Indian Forest Act, 1927.
Mr. Sai said that the Efforts are on to identify other people who assisted him in his journey and that so far, seven people have been arrested in the case.
The Commission Chairperson also said “ Foreign nationals always had an eye on the primitive tribes of these islands and made several attempts in the past to make contact with them. We need to protect such tribes and their habitat should be completely closed for outsiders. “
Mr. Sai added that the incident has no link to the withdrawal of a Restricted Area Permit (RAP).
It has been also said, any tourist is required to take permission from the forest department and the administration of the Andamans as the area is prohibited.
He also said that the commission is taking action against the photos and videos of these tribes which have been posted on social media.
Mr. Sai added in a statement that the Tribal Communities of these islands are divided into two categories, one is now part of the mainstream and the other resists contact with outsiders, and there is need to preserve the second category.