Trip to off-limit tribal Island planned by American national: NCST Chairperson

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Port Blair
4 Dec 2018

“It was a planned adventure trip by American nation, John Allen Chau, who was killed by the Sentinelese tribe off North Sentinel Island recently, suggests preliminary investigations in the case. Further investigation is still on,” said the Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Dr. Nand Kumar Sai speaking to scribes on Tuesday.
There are many primitive tribes in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands contact with whom is prohibited for outsiders. We need to protect such tribes and their habitat should be completely closed for outsiders. The incident, however, has no link to the Restricted Area Permit, said Dr Sai.
“Foreign nationals always had an eye on the primitive tribes of thee islands and made several attempts in the past to make contacts with them. The Commission is taking strict action against photos and videos of these tribes posted on social media groups like Facebook, YouTube.  The tribal communities of these islands are divided into two categories – one which are now part of the mainstream and the other which still resists contact with outsiders. There is need to preserve the second category,” observed the NCST Chairperson.
“In view of the recent accident, the administration and the general public of these islands should become more vigilant. Efforts are on to identify other persons who assisted the American national in the misadventure. So far, seven persons have been arrested in the case. The Commission also suggests setting up a University in these islands for development and education of the tribal communities here,” he added.