Couldn't Have Let Humans Die To Save Tigress Avni: Maharashtra Minister

Couldn't Have Let Humans Die To Save Tigress Avni: Maharashtra Minister

Ashar said, "this matter must be investigated and treated as a wildlife crime".

A tiger which terrorised India's forests and is believed to have killed 13 people has been shot after she was lured into the open with a Calvin Klein fragrance.

In September, the Supreme Court said she could be shot on sight, prompting a flurry of online petitions.

Taking to Twitter, in a series if tweets, Gandhi lashed out at Maharashtra Minister of Finance and Planning, Forests, Sudhir Mungantiwar, and accused him of giving orders for the killing despite several requests from many stakeholders.

Using the hashtag #Justice4TigressAvni, Gandhi wrote, "He has been doing this regularly and this is the third tiger being murdered besides several leopards and wild boars".

Nawab Shafat Ali Khan and his son Asghar Ali Khan, who shot the tigress Avani in Maharashtra rubbished claims that they were trigger happy killers.

The tigress, T1, as she was known officially, was shot Friday night by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali in compartment no 149 of Borati forest under the jurisdiction of Ralegaon police station in the state's Yavatmal district.

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The big cat was blamed for 13 deaths since June 2016 but animal activists said she was trying to protect her young. "I fail to understand why a state government should even bother about such a man let alone hire his services for illegal and inhuman acts", she said. His son was not authorised to kill. If the forest department had taken adequate steps to capture the tigress when the initial human kills happened, the tigress could have been captured alive and human lives would have also been saved.

Some of the local people of Yavatamal celebrated Avni's death with firecrackers and candies, according to Times of India.

"Avni was killed illegally satisfying a hunter's lust for blood", said the Indian branch of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group.

The tigress was shot dead after it killed five people in the area.

The elusive tigress on the run for over a month was spotted with the help of night vision thermal drones last night in Gorakhpur village of Ramnagar sub-division after an intense combing operation, Terai Western Forest Circle Conservator Parag Dhakate had said.

The minister also criticised non-governmental organisations criticising Avni's killing. "When we plant trees, NGOs do not come forward and lend a helping hand". The secretary of Hyderabad-based Wildlife Tranqui Force (WTF), speaking to Express from Pandharkawada, said all his efforts were to bait the tiger and her cubs to a safe place and tranquillise them and move to a rescue centre.

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