Indian authorities are probing whether or not the Washington state missionary who was killed after making contact with an remoted tribe had extra assist than initially believed in making his harmful journey.

Police have already arrested seven individuals who they are saying helped John Allen Chau, 26, make the journey to North Sentinel Island, situated within the Andaman and Nicobar island chain.

The suspects embody the fishermen who introduced Chau by boat to the tiny island and a good friend who organized the journey.

Chau, a Christian missionary, was killed on Nov. 17 — a day after he tried to achieve the native Sentinelese tribesmen by attempting to talk their language and singing worship songs.

“I hollered, ‘My title is John, I like you and Jesus loves you,’” Chau wrote in his journal the day he died, saying that a baby shot at him with an arrow that struck his waterproof bible.

The fishermen informed police that they noticed Chau’s physique being dragged throughout a seaside and buried within the sand.

Police will examine “the sequence of occasions, the ocean route adopted” and different issues, mentioned Vijay Singh, a senior superintendent of police within the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

The aggressive Sentinelese tribe, believed to be only some dozen in quantity, have aggressively fought off outsiders. Anthropologists have been briefly involved with them within the early 1990s however deserted their effort out of fears that exterior illness may infect the tribe and result in their extinction.

Chau’s household in Vancouver, Washington, referred to as on authorities to launch his associates and mentioned they didn’t blame anybody for his demise.

However Dependra Pathak, director basic of police within the islands, mentioned police have been sure to observe the regulation.

“I perceive the emotional concern of the household,” he mentioned. “However we’ll be dealing with your complete challenge protecting in thoughts the regulation.”

He mentioned they’re trying into whether or not they can recuperate Chau’s physique.

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