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In touch with anthropologists, psychologists to contact Sentinelese tribesman: Police

John Allen Chau. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India Nov 26, 2018, 06.48 PM (IST)

A week after American national John Allen Chau, 26, was reportedly killed by an arrow by north Sentinelese tribesmen in Andaman islands, police officials are working with anthropologists and psychologists to retrieve his body.

Chau, who was believed to be an American missionary, had written notes on his adventures which was recovered by police later. The letters were handed over to the police by his local contact Alexander who was arrested in connection with Chau's killing.

The access to north Sentinel Island and its buffer zone is strictly restricted under the Protection of Aboriginal Tribe (Regulation), 1956 and Regulations under Indian Forest Act, 1927.

Director general of police, Andaman and Nicobar, Dependra Pathak had said that as part of the probe, a police team last week had made a trip towards the Sentinel island with Alexander.

"We are in constant touch with anthropologists and psychologists," said Dependra Pathak added.

"If they suggest any methodology to interact without disturbing them then we can draw (up a) strategy," he said. "At this stage, we don't have any plan to confront our Sentinelese," he told Reuters.

The American embassy had said last week that they were working with the Indian government to find out more details about Chau's death.

A day before he was killed, Chau in his notes had said that while standing near the shore of the Sentinel island he saw two persons as the sun rose, he reportedly told them that he too has two legs. He wrote that he was inches from an "unusual guy about 5 ft 5" and as they got together he gave them some gifts.

However, the man "shot me with an arrow that directly hit the Bible which I was holding near my chest", he wrote.

The Sentinelese people are among the tribes that survived the tsunami of 2004. According to the 2011 census, only 15 Sentinelese people - 12 men and three women were believed to have existed. However, some experts say it could be more.

The natives of the island are known to keep away from visitors and often attacked them.

In 2006, two Indian fishermen, who had anchored their boat near north Sentinel were killed when their boat broke loose and drifted onto the shore.