American killed by Sentinelese tribe on restricted Andaman island

The Sentinelese people who live in the small forested island are known to resist all contact with outsiders.

November 21, 2018 03:07 pm | Updated November 22, 2018 09:47 am IST - NEW DELHI

An American is reported to have been killed with arrows by the tribal people of a restricted island of Andaman, police said on Wednesday.

Police officer Vijay Singh said seven fishermen have been arrested for “facilitating the American’s visit to the North Sentinel Island,” where the killing apparently occurred. Visits to the island are heavily restricted by the government.

The Sentinelese people who live in the small forested island are known to resist all contact with outsiders, often attacking anyone who comes near.

According to media reports, the American was on an adventure trip to the islands and his body was found by the fishermen. However, Mr. Singh said the police were in the process of recovering the body of the man who was killed on Saturday.


U.S. consulate in Chennai aware of reports

The U.S. consulate in Chennai was aware of the reports concerning an American in the islands, but spokeswoman Kathleen Hosie declined to comment further due to privacy considerations.

Shiv Viswanathan, a social scientist and a professor at Jindal Global Law School, said the North Sentinel Island was a protected area and not open to tourists. “The exact population of the tribe is not known, but it is declining. The government has to protect them.”

Poachers are known to fish illegally in the waters around the island, catching turtles and diving for lobsters and sea cucumbers. Tribal people killed two Indian fishermen in 2006 when their boat broke loose and drifted onto the shore.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.