Killer tiger shot dead

Man-eating tigress shot dead in India

Man-eating tigress shot dead in India

In September this year, the Supreme Court had said Avni could be shot at sight, which prompted a flurry of online petitions seeking pardon for the tigress.

Shafat Ali Khan, whose son Asghar Ali Khan killed the tigress, defended their action saying the bullet was sacked in self-defence.

Asghar Ali Khan told the India Today news outlet that just as his "tranquilizer dart hit her, she charged at our open vehicle and to save life I had to shoot her".

Avni, a five-year old alleged man-eater tigress who had created terror in Maharshtra's Vidarbha forests, was shot dead on Saturday in Yavatmal district. However, such incidents are not sufficient to classify a big cat as a killer, which can be established only after the aberrant animal's habit of deliberate stalking of human beings, while avoiding natural prey, is certain.

He recalled that he was called to kill a tigress in Pilibhit, the Lok Sabha constituency of Maneka Gandhi, in 2009. "Despite several requests from many stakeholders, Mungantiwar, the Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing", she had said in another tweet.

He further said the right to kill wild species did not lie with his department and that the Centre and the Supreme Court have laid down stringent guidelines for the goal.

The Maharashtra Forest Department has nothing to do with the cases, if any, against him, Mungantiwar said.

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Responding to Gandhi's charge that three tigers were killed on his orders in the past, Mungantiwar said neither he nor the forest secretary had the right to order such killings.

The petitioners also demanded the grounds on which "Avni" was declared as a "man-eater", contending that the Respondent has no "substantial record" to substantiate its decision to declare her a man-eater. A 2014 census put India's tiger population at 2,226, down from around 40,000 in the 1940s. "I was not a minister then", he added.

The authority is the highest statutory panel responsible for providing funding to state governments for tiger conservation. "Hence, this is only lack of information that such baseless charges are being levelled by our central leader", Mungantiwar said. When the tigress was killed late at night, there was no veterinarian. "Mungantiwar had not gone there in person to kill the tigress", the chief minister said. "We didn't want them to eventually become enemies of wildlife", Mr. Mungantiwar said.

British actor and animal conservationist Dan Richardson, who had planned to organise and hold a march in London on 11 November, said the fight to save the tiger's cubs must continue.

After the killing of T1 sparked an outrage, Gandhi came out with a series of tweets Sunday.

"It is nothing but a straight case of crime".

She had said she was going to take up the matter "very strongly" with the Maharashtra chief minister.

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