Heres what govt clarified on relaxing of RAP for foreigners visiting Andaman & Nicobar islands

With the central government relaxing the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for foreigners visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said that it had “nothing to do with the killing of U.S national John Allen Chau”.

The fact was revealed by the Ministry of Home Affairs in a response in Parliament.

RAP is mandatory for foreign nationals visiting certain areas, including Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Chau was allegedly killed when he landed on North Sentinel Island in November.

Going by various media reports, it could be that the US national to the North Sentinel Island was hit by arrows allegedly shot by members of Sentinalese tribes inhabiting the island.

After the incident came to light, some activists raised question as to why RAP norms to the island, including North Sentinel Island, were relaxed.

On December 18, the Ministry of Home Affairs was responding to questions raised by members of the Parliament P. Venugopal, B. Senguttuvan and P.C. Mohan in the Lok Sabha.

On the question whether the tribes of Andamans chose to remain in isolation, the Ministry said the tribes are in “different stages of socio-economic condition”.

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