Officers worry the current demise of an American missionary might stymie tourism to India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, as they revealed that the Washington state resident violated guidelines by contacting the indigenous tribe that in the end killed him.

The Ministry of Dwelling Affairs has been engaged on boosting guests to the greater than 3,100-square-mile Indian territories by lifting restrictions to 29 islands, permitting vacationers to go to them, in accordance with NDTV.

The convenience in restrictions included North Sentinel, the distant island the place Indian police consider Christian missionary John Allen Chau was shot to demise by arrows and buried on the seaside.

The 26-year-old Vancouver, Washington, resident sought to unfold the phrase of God to the Sentinelese tribesmen, who angrily lashed out as he tried to make contact.

Chau didn’t want a allow to journey to North Sentinel however he was required to inform a Foreigners Registration Regional officer about his journey — which he didn’t do, a senior Dwelling Ministry official mentioned.

“He didn’t inform authorities about his arrival too and was staying together with his mates and went to the island with some fishermen,” a supply instructed NDTV.

An official famous how sometimes vacationers go to the islands which can be populated by natives, who’re lower off from the fashionable world and have been identified to assault outsiders earlier than.

“We lifted this restriction however nobody visits this space,” the official mentioned. “Solely the anthropologists go to, who examine about these [tribes].”

Officers now hope that Chau’s demise “won’t influence foreigners visiting” the territories, that are made up of 300 islands.

This yr, the islands, identified for his or her white-sand seashores and tropical rainforests, attracted 11,818 international vacationers as of October. Final yr that whole was 15,310.

The indigenous Andamanese folks — together with the Sentinelese of North Sentinel — populate components of the Andaman islands and legal guidelines defend them from foreigners and home vacationers.

The Sentinelese tribesmen shot arrows at Chau when he arrived at their island through boat. He tried to talk their language and sang worship songs to them, in accordance with a journal entry he made on Nov. 16, which mentioned an arrow struck his waterproof Bible.

Police consider he was fatally struck after making a second try at contact the subsequent day. His physique is believed to have been buried on the seaside and authorities at the moment are working to recuperate it.

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