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article imageStone Age Tribe kills fishermen

By Chris V. Thangham     May 12, 2007 in World
Sentinelese kill two fishermen who trespassed into their North Sentinel Island near Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India.
ONE of the world's last Stone Age tribes has murdered two fishermen whose boat drifted on to a desert island in the Indian Ocean.
The Sentinelese live in the North Sentinel Island, a small island near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They have been living isolated for a long time and have no contacts with the outside world. They are believed to be one of the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world to remain isolated and appear to have survived the 2004 Asian tsunami. Their population is estimated to be about 50 to 200 people. If anyone goes near their island they try to shoot them with arrows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentinelese .
Sentinelese
Two men Sunder Raj, 48, and Pandit Tiwari, 52, trespassed this island on January 25, were killed. They were fishing illegally for mud crabs off North Sentinel Island.
North Sentinel Island is to the left of Andaman and Nicobar Islands near Port Blair in the Map
Fellow fishermen who saw them just before they got killed dropped anchor at night on January 25 and fell asleep on the boat. They said the most probably reason might be of drinking large amounts of alcohol. The anchor of the boat didn’t work and their boat drifted towards the island.
The fishermen nearby tried to warn them but they didn’t hear their loud warnings. The boat drifted into the shallow waters of the North Sentinel Island and was killed by the Sentinelese according to Samir Acharya, the head of the Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology, an environmental organization.
The Indian coast guard tried to recover the bodies but had to take off because the islanders attacked them with a hail of arrows. The helicopter had to withdraw because of this attack. The Police chief Dharmendra Kumar said they will try to recover the bodies later.
The two men were rumored to be cannibalized by the islanders but instead were buried by the islanders; the helicopter rotor’s draft exposed their bodies in shallow graves.
The Environmental groups sensing some tensions because of this killing and attack, urged the authorities to use caution and respect their five kilometer exclusion zone boundary around the island. In the 1980s and early 1990s several Sentinelese were killed in skirmishes with armed salvage operators after they tried to visit the island to salvage a ship wreck. After that incident, it has been quite until now.
It is a sad case, one would think they should hand over the body, but the Sentinelese want their rights to be preserved and don’t want to be in touch with the outside world.
What is the best solution to handle this Sentinelese case? Should the Indian government leave the dead bodies there or should try to recover the bodies for the sake of their families?
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