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December 03, 2018 10:52
Two Other Americans Helped John Chau to Enter Remote Island: Police

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The American missionary John Cha killed by the Sentinelese tribe on a remote island was encouraged by two other Americans to go the outlawed isle, according to police.

The police said they are currently investigating the role of two Americans, who had left India. Up till now, there is no sign of Chau's body. The duo according to the police were involved in evangelical activities.

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Investigations have revealed that Chau may not have acted alone and was a well-planned mission with the sole intention of imposing Christianity in the island.

For this drive, he had set up a safe house from where he would function. He had similarly encountered with two other American nationals days earlier his death and these meetings according to police officials was to strategy on how to go about the entire thing.

John’s Clear Intent to Introduce Christianity

Chau's intent to convert the people is strong from the various notes that he had written. In one note, he writes that he was staying in a safe house. I am motivated to go to the island and introduce Christianity, he also wrote.

In another Chau had written that he had met with five fishermen, who had agreed to take him to the island. In the note, he says that all the fishermen were believers. Though this note does not speak about money, but then the fishermen arrested for helping Chau have told the police that they were paid Rs 25,000.

In a 2014 interview with Outbound Collective, Chau said he was working as a soccer coach and would travel from a very young age. He said that he was very inspired by the Victorian explorer and missionary David Livingston and Jesus.

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An officer part of the investigation tells OneIndia that this appears to be a well-oiled machinery at work. They were determined to introduce Christianity and convert the tribe. There was no other motive for Chau's visit. The fact that he was visited by two others lends credence to the conversion theory and also that Chau was not working alone on this mission.

The tribe according to officials must be left unaccompanied and anyone against their will trying to contact them can put themselves at risk. Chau was killed on the North Sentinel Island, which is part of the Andaman Islands.

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On the social media, Chau had stated that he was a believer and also spoken about his position on God.

The tribe comprising some 50 to 100 people have lived in isolation for almost 60,000 years. They have no resistance to common illness.

The Sentinelese people are protected by Indian law and they cannot be prosecuted. A little contact with them or entry into there area is prohibited. The law also bars people from taking videos of Sentinelese.

-Sowmya Sangam

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