Fishermen Killed by Stone Age Tribe on Remote Island

Daily Mail (London), February 9, 2006 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Fishermen Killed by Stone Age Tribe on Remote Island


TWO fishermen have been killed by one of the world's last Stone Age tribes after drifting onto their desert island.

Their bodies may never be recovered from their crude beach graves - because modern man has no safe way of reaching them.

The near-naked tribe which murdered the men have unleashed a volley of arrows and spears at helicopters which have hovered over the burial site on North Sentinel island, a tiny speck in the Indian Ocean.

Government officials, anthropologists and fishermen have failed for decades to set foot on the island, where the Sentinelese tribe - believed to number between 50 and 200 - are determined to live their primitive lives without interference from the outside world.

Even when rescuers in helicopters and boats approached the island after the 2004 tsunami to check on any casualties, they were met with arrows and spears and were forced to turn away.

So when fishermen Sunder Raj, 48, and Pandit Tiwari, 52, slumped into what is believed to have been a drunken stupor as their boat drifted towards the remote island, their fate was sealed.

When their vessel ran aground, the tribesmen rushed at it and killed the two men with spears, crude axes and clubs.

The scene would not have been so very different from the time, tens of thousands of years ago, when groups of primitive people made their way out of Africa by land and basic sea craft towards South East Asia, battling enemy tribes on the way.

According to other fishermen who were with Raj and Tiwari among a small fleet of boats, the two men dropped anchor, using a rock tied to a rope. Then they began a drinking session with home-made alcohol and fell into a deep sleep.

But the rope slipped off the rock and the open boat began to drift towards the island where no man dare set foot.

'As dawn came, the other fishermen tried to shout a warning to the men, to wake them up, warn them of the danger and get their boat away from there,' said Samir Acharya, head of an Indian conservation group.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Fishermen Killed by Stone Age Tribe on Remote Island


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?