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John Allen Chau: India 'puts on hold' efforts to retrieve body

November 27, 2018 4:01 pm

Indian officials have “put on hold” efforts to retrieve the body of an American missionary reportedly killed by an endangered tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar islands last week.

A senior official told the BBC it was done so as not to disturb the protected Sentinelese tribespeople.

John Allen Chau is said to have been killed with arrows when he landed on North Sentinel island on 17 November.

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He was trying to convert the tribespeople to Christianity.

His body is still on the island and attempts so far to retrieve it have been unsuccessful.

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On Monday, top government official Chetan Sanghi called a meeting of senior officials from the police, tribal welfare, forest and anthropological departments where it was decided to put the search for the body on hold, an official who attended the meeting told the BBC.

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